The Night Watchman

The International Book of the Month is The Night Watchmen: A Novel by Louise Erdrich, winner of the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. This breathtaking novel tells the story of Chippewa factory workers at an industrial bearing factory in North Dakota. The year is 1953 when the American Indian "Termination" policy, in which the US Congress sought to dissolve the reservation system, convert Indian trust lands into private property, and end all federal government services to Indians. What will happen to the tribe, will they survive and if so, what will the new reality be? Told from the perspectives of an entire community.

“In this kaleidoscopic story, the efforts of Native Americans to save their lands from being taken away by the U.S. government in the early 1950s come intimately, vividly to life…A knowing, loving evocation of people trying to survive with their personalities and traditions intact.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Erdrich delivers a magisterial epic that brings her power of witness to every page…We are grateful to be allowed into this world…I walked away from the Turtle Mountain clan feeling deeply moved, missing these characters as if they were real people known to me. In this era of modern termination assailing us, the book feels like a call to arms. A call to humanity. A banquet prepared for us by hungry people.”—Luis Alberto Urrea, New York Times Book Review


In addition to our Book of the Month recommendation, the Worldview Project also holds a Book Club that meets every 1st Tuesday of each month. To join or find out more information about the book club, please email us at:

For an overview of all the books we have read so far, check out our Book Club Map!


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