Words to sustain you Dec 10, 2009
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.