A Review of
Future Home of the Living God
Hardback: HarperCollins, 2017
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Reviewed by Leslie A. Klingensmith
White liberalism. Roman Catholic theology. Native American displacement. Women’s rights. Cross cultural adoption. Government intrusion. Reproductive choice. Evolution. Science vs. Faith. Global warming. Creation spirituality. Motherhood. These are some of the issues that Louise Erdrich addresses – either explicitly or implicitly – in her latest novel Future Home of the Living God. I loved the book. Erdrich’s ability to touch on so many important topics without being self-righteous or pedantic should be the envy of all who aspire to write. She has written a story that somehow manages to be both terrifying and hopeful – and all too possible. I read the book as those of us who live within the rhythm of the church year were about to start the liturgical season of Advent. As unlikely as it might seem, this futuristic tale is eerily (and beautifully) perfect for Advent. Erdrich has created a narrative that confronts us with the hope of the Incarnation (begun with Jesus’ unlikely birth) but also the revelation that every birth, especially ones that take place against the backdrop of a world in turmoil, bears a hint of incarnation.