This novel tells the story of the intertwined fates of two families, and Lamartines and the Kashpaws. The women at the heart of this extraordinary community are survivors in a harsh and tumultuous world, united and sustained by the strength and diversity of their love.
Louise Erdrich is one of the most gifted, prolific, and challenging of American novelists. Her fiction reflects aspects of her mixed heritage: German through her father, and French and Ojibwa through her mother. She is the author of many novels, the first of which, "Love Medicine", won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the last of which, "The Round House", won the National Book Award for Fiction in 2012. She lives in Minnesota.
'A masterpiece, written with spellbinding authenticity and animated by a spirited comic energy.' Philip Roth 'The beauty of 'Love Medicine' saves us from being completely devastated by its power.' Toni Morrison 'A powerful piece of work ... Louise Erdrich is the rarest kind of writer, as compassionate as she is sharp-sighted.' Anne Tyler 'The impression is of a river of memory bursting its banks and overflowing upon the page in an irresistible flood.' Angela Carter 'Erdrich presents a variety of voices: each forceful in its own way, each adding a different dimension - cruel, sombre, humorous - to what is cumulously a wondrous prose song ... 'Love Medicine' is finally about the enduring verities of loving and surviving, and these truths are revealed in a narrative that is an invigorating mixture of the cosmic and the tragic.' New York Times