Love Medicine

Love Medicine

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Set on and around a North Dakota Ojibwe reservation, Love Medicine--the first novel by bestselling, National Book Award-winning author Louise Erdrich--is the epic story about the intertwined fates of two families: the Kashpaws and the Lamartines.

With astonishing virtuosity, each chapter draws on a range of voices to limn its tales. Black humor mingles with magic, injustice bleeds into betrayal, and through it all, bonds of love and family marry the elements into a tightly woven whole that pulses with the drama of life.

Filled with humor, magic, injustice and betrayal, Erdrich blends family love and loyalty in a stunning work of dramatic fiction

Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, 2009
Edition: Newly rev. ed
ISBN: 9780061787423
0061787426
Branch Call Number: FICTION ERDRICH 2009
Characteristics: 333, 52 p. ; 21 cm

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Love Medicine tells the story of two families, the Kashpaws and the Lamartines. Written in Erdrich's uniquely poetic, powerful style, it is a multi-generational portrait of strong men and women caught in an unforgettable drama of anger, desire, and the healing power that is love medicine.

Louise Erdrich is one of the U.S.'s finest writers. Her language is simple and sweet, but the significance of its meaning leaves literature professors salivating.

The members of the Chippewa Kaspaw and Lamartine families describe their simple existence as they both deny and discover their native heritages.

The members of the Chippewa Kaspaw and Lamartine families describe their simple existence as they both deny and discover their native heritages. A notable, impressive book of first fiction.


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12mp01
Jun 22, 2017

Deep and contemplative. Erdrich has a great poetry to her writing style that turns even a simple collection of short stories into much, much more.

LPL_KateG Nov 16, 2015

I'm a new Louise Erdrich convert and I wish I would've read this gorgeous collection of short stories before some of her others (time for a re-read!) Erdrich is a lyrical, powerful, descriptive writer, and these stories all intertwine to create a picture of a particular Native American community. She draws upon this community in many of her other novels, and Love Medicine is a fantastic place to start!

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lukasevansherman
Oct 21, 2014

I had an aunt who loved medicine. A little too much, if you know what I mean. Some other good books about contemporary Native American life: "On the Rez," "Custer Died for Your Sins," "Winterkill," and pretty much everything Sherman Alexie's written.

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Saphira1995
Jun 25, 2013

Beautiful

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Rock_Shadow
Jul 24, 2012

My second reading: I missed so much the first time (a way back), especially the depth of Marie's character and the thoroughness of all people that populate this great book. You can't help but be drawn deep into the lives of all Kashpaw, Lamartine, and other family members, even Lulu who is easy to dislike until you get to know her at the end. You laugh, you cry, and you feel tender all at the same time.

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Li_Brain
Jun 08, 2012

Too deep for tears.

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