"The Echo Maker" by Richard Powers

Wednesday, 02 May 2007

For six weeks every spring, masses of Grus canadensis, Sandhill Cranes-known to Native Americans as "echo makers" because their calls carry for miles-migrate to the Platte River in Nebraska. Calling to their mates, they soar in on six-foot wingspans and settle like an endless carpet over the marsh. Against this ecological backdrop plays the drama of Richard Powers' ninth novel, The Echo Maker, winner of the 2006 National Book Award for fiction. Five months after 9/11, Karin Schluter returns to her hometown to care for her brother who has suffered brain injury after ...

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