Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich
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Love Medicine is Louise Erdrich’s masterful debut novel, one of the most influential, beloved, and distinguished works of contemporary fiction. It is the unforgettable saga of two families and how their destinies intertwine over the course of fifty years on and around a North Dakota reservation. Here is the book that heralded the arrival of a major voice in American literature.

 

About Louise Erdrich

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Louise Erdrich lives with her family in Minnesota and is the owner of Birchbark Books, an independent bookstore. Ms. Erdrich is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, and this story—which will, in the end, span one hundred years in the life of an Ojibwe woman—was inspired when Ms. Erdrich and her mother, Rita Gourneau Erdrich, were researching their own family history. Chickadee begins a new part of the story that started with The Birchbark House, a National Book Award finalist; The Game of Silence, winner of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction; and the acclaimed The Porcupine Year. Ms. Erdrich is also the bestselling author of many critically acclaimed novels for adults, including the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Plague of Doves and National Book Award finalist The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse. She is also the author of the picture book Grandmother's Pigeon, illustrated by Jim LaMarche.
 
Published August 15, 2010 by Odyssey Editions. 400 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Computers & Technology. Non-fiction

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Erdrich has added five new "chapters" to what in 1984 was originally called a novel.

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Called a novel, Erdrich's book of powerful stories interlocks the lives of two Chippewa families in North Dakota, the Kashpaws and the Lamartines (though some are Morrisseys too, and Nanapushes)--a tribal chronicle of defeat that ranges from 1934 to the present, Illegitimacy, alcoholism, prison, ...

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Publishers Weekly

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If there are a few too many coincidences (Jack, who is presumed dead but is not, reluctantly kidnaps his own infant son, who in turn is kidnapped by Jack's fifth wife's ex-husband, also presumed dead), it all seems quite plausible in the context of Erdrich's adroit manipulation of interlocking pl...

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Entertainment Weekly

In Tales of Burning Love, her potent, erotic, and richly populated fifth novel — set once again within the Native American culture of North Dakota — Louise Erdrich (Love Medicine) not only seamlessly interweaves these tales but maintains the dramatic tension in each narrative thread.

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Los Angeles Times

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Louise Erdrich's "Love Medicine" details the minor odyssey of Lipsha, a Chippewa youth living with his grandfather and white grandmother in the Dakotas.

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The Independent

Lipsha, a feckless dreamer who has inherited the powers of a shaman and uses them to win at bingo, has returned to the reservation after years away and falls in love with Shawnee Ray, a beautiful and ambitious young woman who wants to go away to college.

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People

Tales of Burning Love, Erdrich's fifth novel set in this wind-whipped, fable-filled landscape, is a remarkable, though sometimes rambling, collection of vignettes charged by the passions of these women and the difficult man they all love and married.

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The Kenyon Review

When Nector pins Marie to the ground, there are the geese, flapping wildly around them: The geese are to my advantage now;

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Henry, suddenly sober, looks at Albertine closely, takes in her smells, and then thinks of “diving off a riverbank, a bridge.” The thought makes him close his eyes and see the whirling patterns of the water below, evoking his plunge into the river in the next section.

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The Kenyon Review

If he had taken time and not made his decision based on immediate pleasure he might have seen that he really loved Lulu the whole time.

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The book starts in the middle of the story and as the story progresses we learn more of the story.

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The book’s main trickster figure is Gerry Nanapush, six foot four, 320 pounds, “famous politicking hero, dangerous armed criminal, judo expert, escape artist, charismatic member of the American Indian Movement, and smoker of many pipes of kinnikinnick in the most radical groups.” He’s also Lulu ...

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The Kenyon Review

Starting next Tuesday, September 29, Professor Sergei Lobanov-Rostovsky, KR’s Associate Editor, and I will post regular comments about sections of the novel, starting with the first two stories/sections, “The World’s Greatest Fisherman” and “Saint Marie.” Our references will be to the 2009 paper...

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She too is an easy mark for humor, with her defining characteristic: “she played the clarinet and sometimes, when she was troubled or sleep was elusive, wrote her own music.” This is such a night, when she is wandering through the halls of the convent alone, playing her clarinet, trying to captu...

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The Kenyon Review

To be discussed during the week of Oct. 5th: pages 61-118 (Wild Geese, The Island, The Beads, Lulu’s Boys) To be discussed during the week of Oct. 12th: pages 119-189 (The Plunge of the Brave, Flesh and Blood, A Bridge, The Red Convertible) To be discussed during the week of Oct. 19th: pages 19...

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