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Here is the most telling fact: you wish to possess me. Here is another fact: I loved you and let you think you could. When Irene America discovers that her husband, Gil, has been reading her diary, she begins a secret Blue Notebook, as much the truth about her life and her marriage as the Red Diary - hidden where he can find it - is a manipulative farce. Alternating between these two records, complemented by unflinching third-person narration, "Shadow Tag" is an eerily gripping read. When the novel opens, Irene is resuming work on her doctoral thesis about George Catlin, the nineteenth century painter whose Native American subjects often regarded his portraits with suspicious wonder. Gil, who gained notoriety as an artist through his emotionally revealing portraits of his wife - work that is adoring, sensual, and humiliating, even shocking - realises that his fear of losing Irene may force him to create the defining work of his career. Meanwhile, Irene and Gil fight to keep up appearances for their three children: fourteen-year-old genius Florian, who escapes his family's unravelling with joints and a stolen bottle of wine; Riel, their only daughter, an eleven-year-old feverishly planning to preserve her family, no matter what disaster strikes; and, sweet kindergartener Stoney, who was born, his parents come to realise, at the beginning of the end. As her home increasingly becomes a place of violence and secrets, and she drifts into alcoholism, Irene moves to end her marriage. But her attachment to Gil is filled with shadowy need and delicious ironies. In brilliantly controlled prose, "Shadow Tag" fearlessly explores the complex nature of love, the fluid boundaries of identity, and one family's struggle for survival and redemption.

 
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Hardback Editions

January 2010 : USA Hardback
Title: Shadow Tag: A Novel
Author(s): Louise Erdrich
ISBN: 0-06-153609-1 / 978-0-06-153609-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper
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Paperback Editions

February 2011 : USA Paperback
Title: Shadow Tag: A Novel (P.S.)
Author(s): Louise Erdrich
ISBN: 0-06-153610-5 / 978-0-06-153610-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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February 2010 : USA Paperback
Title: Shadow Tag: A Novel
Author(s): Louise Erdrich
ISBN: 0-06-194610-9 / 978-0-06-194610-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperLuxe
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January 2010 : USA Paperback
Title: Shadow Tag
Author(s): Louise Erdrich
ISBN: 1-61664-745-0 / 978-1-61664-745-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Collins
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Audio Editions

February 2010 : USA Audio edition
Title: Shadow Tag: A Novel
Author(s): Louise Erdrich
Publisher: HarperAudio
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February 2010 : UK Audio edition
Title: Shadow Tag: A Novel
Author(s): Louise Erdrich
Publisher: HarperAudio
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2010 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: Shadow Tag
Author(s): Louise Erdrich
ISBN: 1-4407-6722-X / 978-1-4407-6722-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: RecordedBooks, LLC by arrangement with HarperCollins Inc.
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2010 : USA Audio CD
Title: Shadow Tag
Author(s): Louise Erdrich
ISBN: 1-4407-6724-6 / 978-1-4407-6724-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: RecordedBooks, LLC by arrangement with HarperCollins Inc.
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