The Last Report on the Miracle at Little No Horse

Finalist, National Book Awards 2001 for Fiction

The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse by Louise Erdrich Book Cover
ISBN 9780060187279
Harper Perennial | HarperCollins
author photo of Louise Erdrich. (Photo credit: Jenn Ackerman)
Louise Erdrich

Louise Erdrich, a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, is the author of many novels as well as volumes of poetry, children’s books, and a memoir of early motherhood. More about this author >

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This is the story of Father Damien Modeste, priest to his beloved people, the Ojibwe. Modeste, nearing the end of his life, dreads the discovery of his physical identity — for he is a woman who has lived as a man.

For more than a half century, Father Damien Modeste has served his beloved people, the Ojibwe, on the remote reservation of Little No Horse. To complicate his fears, his quiet life changes when a troubled colleague comes to the reservation to investigate the life of the perplexing, difficult, possibly false saint Sister Leopolda. Father Damien alone knows the strange truth of Sister Leopolda’s piety and is faced with the most difficult decision of his life: Should he reveal all he knows and risk everything? Or should he manufacture a protective history though he believes Leopolda’s wonder-working is motivated by evil?