Love Medicine

Love Medicine

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Book - 1993
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The first book in Erdrich's Native American tetralogy that includes The Beet Queen, Tracks, and The Bingo Palace is an authentic and emotionally powerful glimpse into the Native American experience--now resequenced and expanded to include never-before-published chapters.
Publisher: New York : H. Holt, 1993.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780805027983
Characteristics: xii, 367 p. ; 22 cm.


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When June Kashpaw, a middle-aged Chippewa woman, freezes to death following a snow storm, her memory is relayed through interwoven narratives. As the story moves backward and forward between the 1930s and the present, bonds of love and family are explored through different perspectives. What resu... Read More »

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Mar 07, 2020

I read this novel 35 years ago and it still haunts me. I may have been dense, but at first I thought I was reading separate stories. It was not until toward the end that I realized that all the tales dovetailed and made a complete poignant whole. I turned around and read the book again immediately. Even at age 71 it remains one of my all time favorite books!!! Bravo Ms. Erdrich. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Beaverton_BethG Oct 10, 2018

Great book!

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.

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.

Saphira1995 Jun 25, 2013


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.

Jun 08, 2012

Too deep for tears.


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