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'Spellbinding...profoundly moving' (Elle): A powerfully involving new novel from one of America's finest writers Cecilia lives for those hours when she can play her beloved Chopin on the piano. The very air of the convent thickens with the passion of her music, and the young girl is soon asked to leave. Coming across the corpse of a priest drowned by a terrible flood, Cecilia makes a decision that will change her life for ever. Hiding her figure beneath the heavy clothes of the dead man, she begins her journey north to the tiny community of Little No Horse -- and into the fierce hardships of her adopted identity as a missionary...
Louise Erdrich grew up in North Dakota and is of German-American and Chippewa descent. She is the author of five previous novels, the first of which, Love Medicine, won the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her short fiction has twice won the National Magazine Award and had been included in the O. Henry and Best America collections several times.