This is the first book I've read by Louise Erdrich; I also have her Birchbark House on my list. Erdrich is of Native American descent and writes about Native Americans. I particularly liked that even though some tragic things happen in this book, it's still optimistic.
I really liked parts of this book and didn't much care for other parts of it. The trouble was that I didn't care at all about Faye's relationship with Krahe, but it dominated a lot of the first 100 pages of the book. But I kept reading and once I got to the second part, I very much enjoyed the rest of the book.