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WHAT I’M GOING TO DO, I THINK
1969

“Notable Books of the Year” by The New York Times Book Review 1969
“New & Notable” in paperback, The New York Times Book Review 1970

“Everything is right about What I’m Going to Do, I Think: the people, the writing, the setting, the situation, and the structure that makes them all one….The author has found the nearly perfect expression for the human condition.  Woiwode’s novel is a deliberate idyll for our time, perhaps one of his generation’s equivalents of the sweet-sad romances of Hemingway or Fitzgerald."

The New York Times Book Review

 


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POETRY NORTH:
FIVE POETS OF NORTH DAKOTA
1970

"Who has presumed upon this tree? What knife can say I love you?"

Excerpt from Poetry North

 

 

 




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BEYOND THE BEDROOM WALL
1975

“Notable Books of the Year” by The New York Times Book Review 1975
“New & Notable” in paperback, The New York Times Book Review 1976

“Woiwode proves himself a master…Beyond the Bedroom Wall is a book to treasure.”

Anne Tyler, The National Observer

 

 

 


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EVEN TIDE
1977

“Readers familiar with Woiwode’s remarkable novels know the flavor: a tangibility as real as any photograph, an emotional open blade, and language that strains to capture what, in one poem here, is termed ‘the likelihood of life.’  How to transfer all this into poetry and not make stunted miniatures is the task—and one tackled admirably.  The book is strong stuff.  There’s confession and erotic anxiety and loose guilt, but also an urgency, a drive (perhaps a novelist’s stamina) which seems to tie the horrors and the salvings to the same port of focus: even tide.” 

The Kirkus Reviews


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POPPA JOHN
1981

“Notable Books of the Year” by The New York Times Book Review 1981

“It’s a very moving book, an intelligent, brave, and stubborn book, startling and implacable at times in its unwillingness to let its hero (and the reader, and the book critic) settle for soft answers to ‘the great matter’ of life and death.”

Peter Matthiessen








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BORN BROTHERS
1988

“Notable Books of the Year” by The New York Times Book Review 1988
“New & Notable” in paperback, The New York Times Book Review 1989

“One reads Woiwode as much for the power and stunning beauty of his prose as for any story he chooses to tell, and although Born Brothers has a simpler style than his earlier novels, there is much to revel in here.”  

The Philadelphia Inquirer

 

 

 


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THE NEUMILLER STORIES
1989

“Notable Books of the Year” by The New York Times Book Review 1988
“New & Notable” in paperback, The New York Times Book Review 1989

“Woiwode is superb.  Few writers now alive have such a lyric drive… He can convey the transcience of beauty, the performance of loss; he writes with power and restraint of love and its enemy, time….Positively luminous.” 

Nicholas Delblanco, Chicago Tribune

 





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INDIAN AFFAIRS
1992

“Larry Woiwode’s later work, as precise in its realism as always, now has a power of incantation, the power of a seer.” 

Richard Dyer, The Boston Globe

 

 

 

 


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ACTS:
A Writer’s Reflections on the Church, Writing, and his Own Life
1993

“Mr. Woiwode has a poet’s sensibility, and his scenes can resonate with perfect descriptions, not a detail astray.”                          

The New York Times Book Review

 

 

 


 

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SILENT PASSENGERS
1993

“Larry Woiwode’s flowing ‘Silent Passengers’ is one of the most moving short pieces of fiction I have ever read.  Its impact is so personal, its lessons so deep, that I believe I will always keep it near in heart.”

Louise Erdrich, introduction to Best American Short Stories, 1993

 

 





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WHAT I THINK I DID
2000

“Notable Books of the Year” by The New York Times Book Review 2000
“New & Notable” in paperback, The New York Times Book Review 2001

“Woiwode is a prodigiously gifted stylist.  Very few writers can command a prose as responsive to the claims of the sensed, or a lyricism as unstrained.”

Sven Birkerts, The New Republic

"He has never written better. The scarred beauty of his sentences and his eye and ear for metaphor are more evident. Larry Woiwode is an American original."

New York Times Book Review


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ARISTOCRAT OF THE WEST:
The Story of Harold Schafer

2000

If you go to a stereo-relief globe and run your finger west over North Dakota, you’ll feel ridges near Mott, just across the Missouri.  The West begins at the Missouri, as John Steinbeck and others have noted, but Mott probably appears on globes because mapmakers appreciate its brief name.

The opening of Aristocrat of the West

 




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A STEP FROM DEATH
2008

 “A gripping storyteller as well as a ruminative thinker, Woiwode notes that the ‘most revealing aspect’ of memoirs is the writer’s description of how ‘one mind…moves,’ a subject he approaches with candor and precision…[This book] is harrowing and darkly beautiful, lanced with portent and gratitude.  Pain is Woiwode’s core subject, and…he expiates his sorrows and offers hope in a dramatic spiritual memoir of adversity, rescue, survival, and achievement.”        

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