Beautiful reissue of Louise Erdrich's most famous novel, from one of the most celebrated American writers of her generation and winner of the National Book Award 2012. Set on and around a North Dakota reservation, 'Love Medicine' tells the story of the Lamartines and the Kashpaws - two extraordinary families whose fates are united and sustained in ...
Beautiful reissue of Louise Erdrich's most famous novel, from one of the most celebrated American writers of her generation and winner of the National Book Award 2012. Set on and around a North Dakota reservation, 'Love Medicine' tells the story of the Lamartines and the Kashpaws - two extraordinary families whose fates are united and sustained in a harsh world by the strength and diversity of their love. We meet the sensual Lulu Lamartine, whose children have different fathers, but whose passionate tie to her first love, Nector Kashpaw, intensifies over the years; June Kashpaw, who froze to death in a snowstorm; and the philosophical Lipsha Morrissey, June's abandoned son, who makes a love medicine to keep his grandparents together. Greeted with great critical acclaim when first published in 1984, 'Love Medicine' won the US National Book Critics' Circle Award. Louise Erdrich has now substantially revised and expanded the novel for this edition, to complement its companion novels, 'The Beet Queen, 'Tracks' and 'The Bingo Palace'.
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Louise Erdrich's novel of two intertwined Native American families is a complex, dizzying portrait of pain and love. Their entwined history is generations old, but as with many of Erdrich's books, this one isn't really about the plot, anyway. Erdrich's language is so rich, you could chew it. She has a very effective style that lands somewhere between plain-spoken and poetic, and the end result is a novel that I had trouble setting down. With all the hurt these people inflict upon each other, it may be difficult to parse out where "Love Medicine" comes into it, but ultimately this is not a book of despair. The love is there, just under the surface, keeping the pain of the book from devastating the reader.
Jun 1, 2007
Erdrich's novel is actually a composite, a series of interconnected stories, each one independent yet related to the overall narrative (I would compare it to Amy Tan's Joy Luck Club). Erdrich's language is haunting and poetic, and at times humorous. Each "story" and each character pulls you into their world. Recommended.
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