I wanted to read an adult book (vs. adolescent literature), and I had seen this book was one recommended for the Big Read in my area. The librarian at my library mentioned online one day that it was her favorite of the three nominated. I picked it up without knowing anything else about it. It did not disappoint.
I was surprised how the book ended. Not too much of a spoiler, but I expected to learn more of the narrator's adult life. He hints at it during the novel (told in retrospect), but we do not learn much more. I was fascinated by the character Linda Wishkob who was born to white parents but was "adopted" and raised by Ojibwe parents.
This book deservedly was a National Book Award winner: National Book Award.
More about the author at the following: Louise Erdrich