The Crown of Columbus by Michael Dorris

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A pregnant anthropologist and her lover, a scholar and poet who is her opposite, journey to the Caribbean after she finds Columbus's lost diary and a reference to "the greatest treasure of Europe." (Historical Novel).

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Michael Dorris, Author Michael Dorris received an undergraduate degree in English, with honors, from Georgetown University and a graduate degree in anthropology from Yale. He taught for fifteen years at Dartmouth College and founded the Native American Studies Program there. His novels include "A Yellow Raft in Blue Water" and "The Crown of Columbus," co-authored with Louise Erdrich. "The Broken Cord," which was named Best Non-Fiction of the Year by the National Book Critics Circle, brought attention to the disorder Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. He has also written novels for young adults, which include "Guests," "Sees Behind Trees," and "Morning Girl," which won the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction.
Published March 3, 1999 by Harper Perennial. 400 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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After finding the diary, Vivian contacts Henry Cobb (""a scion of capitalism gone rotten""), who invites her (Roger and Violet tag along) to his estate in the Bahamas so that he can try to wrest from her the location of Columbus's crown, purportedly ""the greatest treasure of Europe."" When Cobb ...

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A Native American Studies professor and her lover study documents related to a long-lost diary of Christopher Columbus.

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The plot spirits Vivian and her entourage — Roger, baby, and Nash, her sullen and monosyllabic teenage son by a long-gone Dakota — to the Bahamas, where a villain named Cobb awaits them.

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Vivian might be less lackadaisical but for the fact that any minute she is scheduled to give birth to a daughter, the product of her erstwhile romance with Roger Williams, an immaculately dressed, immaculately groomed, unbearably stuffy professor-poet who is writing an epic poem about Christopher...

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