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ISBN13: 9780060975548
ISBN10: 0060975547
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The first book in Louise Erdrich's Native American series, which also includes The Beet Queen, Tracks, and The Bingo Palace, Love Medicine tells the story of two families--the Kashpaws and the Lamartines. Now resequenced by the author with the addition of never-before-published chapters, this is a publishing event equivalent to the presentation of a new and definitive text. Written in Erdrich's uniquely poetic, powerful style, Love Medicine springs to raging life: a multigenerational portrait of new truths and secrets whose time has come, of strong men and women caught in an unforgettable drama of anger, desire, and the healing power that is Love Medicine. Discover the writer whom Philp Roth called "the most interesting new American novelist to have appeared in years" all over again.

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"A powerful piece of work...Louise Erdrich is the rarest kind of writer; as compassionate as she is sharp-sighted." Anne Tyler

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"The beauty of Love Medicine is the work of a tough, loving mind." Toni Morrison

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"A dazzling series of family portraits....This novel is simply about the power of love." Chicago Tribune

About the Author

Louise Erdrich is one of the most gifted, prolific, and challenging of contemporary Native American novelists. Born in 1954 in Little Falls, Minnesota, she grew up mostly in Wahpeton, North Dakota, where her parents taught at Bureau of Indian Affairs schools. Her fiction reflects aspects of her mixed heritage: German through her father, and French and Ojibwa through her mother. She worked at various jobs, such as hoeing sugar  beets, farm work, waitressing, short order cooking, lifeguarding, and construction work, before becoming a writer. She attended the Johns Hopkins creative writing program and received fellowships at the McDowell Colony and the Yaddo Colony. After she was named writer-in-residence at Dartmouth, she married professor Michael Dorris and raised several children, some of them adopted. She and Michael became a picture-book husband-and-wife writing team, though they wrote only one truly collaborative novel, The Crown of Columbus (1991). 

The Antelope Wife was published in 1998, not long after her separation from Michael and his subsequent suicide. Some reviewers believed they saw in The Antelope Wife the anguish Erdrich must have felt as her marriage crumbled, but she has stated that she is unconscious of having mirrored any real-life events.

She is the author of four previous bestselling and award-winning novels, including Love Medicine; The Beet Queen; Tracks; and The Bingo Palace. She also has written two collections of poetry, Jacklight, and Baptism of Desire. Her fiction has been honored by the National Book Critics Circle (1984) and The Los Angeles Times (1985), and has been translated into fourteen languages.

Several of her short stories have been selected for O. Henry awards and for inclusion in the annual Best American Short Story anthologies. The Blue Jay's Dance, a memoir of motherhood, was her first nonfiction work, and her children's book, Grandmother's Pigeon, has been published by Hyperion Press. She lives in Minnesota with her children, who help her run a small independent bookstore called The Birchbark.

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truckli, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by truckli)
This book restored my long-lost interest in fiction. It is hilarious, wildly compassionate, tinted with magic, and almost cinematic in its reality; many of its dialogues could have been lifted from real life. No book I've read before or since has so fully loved each of its characters, no matter their failings. I can't think of another book that's made me laugh so hard in a long time either. Erdrich is a true master.
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booksrock, March 7, 2007 (view all comments by booksrock)
This book is one of my all-time favorites. Louise Erdrich weaves an amazing story of life and love. With different perspectives from people on a reservation, we discover a story that wrenches and brightens our hearts
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060975548
Subtitle:
New and Expanded Version
Author:
Erdrich, Louise
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Indians of north america
Subject:
North dakota
Subject:
Ojibwa Indians
Subject:
Ojibwa Indians -- Fiction.
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series Volume:
10
Publication Date:
19931117
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.14x5.34x.93 in. .65 lbs.

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