Writers We Love: Louise Erdrich

A new book by Louise Erdrich is a great reason to get reading.

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.

In addition to the North Dakota novels, the highly prolific Erdrich has also published books for children, like Chickadee and The Porcupine Year; poetry, like Original Fire; and short stories.

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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Thanks for posting the latest

Thanks for posting the latest Louise Erdrich novel information and also
talking about her earlier novels and her bookstore ownership.

Any chance that the Oakland Public Library will be able to have a
small special collection of Native American books someplace in OPL?
Either a check out collection or a reference collection at the Main
Library ?

Patrick, Thanks for your

Thanks for your comment. Louise Erdrich is a magnificent writer. Any decision to create a pull-out collection of Native American materials, at the Main Library or at a branch, would have to be made at a administrative level.

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