HelloKatieO’s #CBR4 Review #17: Shadow Tag by Louise Erdrich
The premise of Erdrich’s Shadow Tag is what caught my eye: a woman discovers her husband has been reading her diary, and begins keeping two diaries, one for herself and one to manipulate her husband. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but the novel was much more…bleak, and tense, than I imagined. The story is ultimately one of a woman trying to escape her abusive husband, and about the bond between Gil and Irene that keeps her in the relationship despite the fact that she, and her children are suffering.
Gil, an artist, became famous painting Irene’s portrait. A portion of the book deals with how Irene copes with her husband appropriating her image; revealing her innermost feelings through an endless stream of portraits. Irene and Gil are both part Native American, and a portion of the book addresses their struggles within the Native American community and how their heritage has shaped their marriage.