Last month brought us the release of LaRose, a new novel by Louise Erdrich and the fifteenth title in her North Dakota cycle of novels. This latest novel tells the story of a couple who give their son to a neighbor family to atone for a tragic accident.
Each of the North Dakota novels stands alone, so readers new to her work don’t have to go back to the start of the cycle to enjoy LaRose. But readers who have followed the North Dakota novels, beginning with Love Medicine, relish the layers of interconnection among the books, between the Native American, European, and mixed families, and become immersed in the swirling eddies of time.
Why do we love Louise Erdrich? To say that her prose is beautiful is to sell it short. Her books glow with tenderness and soul. She brings Chippewa life to the page with precision, insight, and human universality . The landscape of the rural upper-Midwest comes to vivid life in her words.
Louise Erdrich can be numbered among the authors who also own bookstores, too. Like Ann Patchett, Alice Munro, Jeff Kinney, and Garrison Keillor, Erdrich is the proud owner of an independent bookstore, Birchbark Books in Minneapolis specializing in works by Native American writers. If you visit, look up to find a full-sized birchbark canoe hanging from the store’s ceiling.
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