This is the first book in Louise Erdrich's Native American series and this copy is a new and expanded edition. I loved this book, the characters are powerfully written, their stories are based on a strong multigenerational culture. If this is your first opportunity to read Louise Erdrich you will finish with a desire to read other books in this series.
Remarkable first novel by one of my favorite authors who has gone on to even greater greatness. This a great, poetic read, sensitively written, with characters you won't soon forget because they are Real.
beautifully written, very moving piece on Native American life
I re-started this book several times. Was depressing, not organized, and was a wate of my time.
4 out of 5 stars. Very entertaining and highly moving, although a somewhat depressing book.
"A multi-generational portrait of new truths and secrets whose time has come, of strong men and women caught in an unforgettable drama of anger, desire, and the healing power that is Love Medicine"
Not an easy read, but a good story about modern-day Native Americans written in a beautiful, unique style.
I adore this series of books. These may be the only books I ever read twice. Erdrich is a compelling storyteller who draws the reader into anything she focuses her sights on.
Erdrich's collection of short stories is centered on one extended Chippewa family, ranging from the 1930s to the 1980s. Many of the tales are depressing, centering on characters with no education, no hope, and no future. Standouts in the collection are the title story, "Love Medicine" and "The Tomahawk Factory", but fully appreciating them requires the background provided by the other pieces.
What a wonderful writer! I enjoyed this book, but have to admit I struggled a bit trying to keep the characters straight in my mind. It could've been the way so many characters were relatives, or their names, or, maybe, I wasn't paying attention; I do have a tendency to read only a few pages at a time each day. I do recommend it, though, especially to those readers with good memories!
from the back cover of this new & expanded version (HC published in 1993): "A powerful piece of work...Louise Erdrich isthe rarest kind of writer, as compassionate as she is sharp-sighted." --Anne Tyler.
The stunning first novel in Louise Erdrich's Native American series, Love Medicine tells the story of two families--the Kaspaws and the Lamartines. Written in Erdrich's uniquely poetic, powerful style, it is a multigenerational portrait of new truths and secrets whose time has come, of strong men and women caught in an unforgettable drama of anger, desire, and the healing power that is Love Medicine.
Just couldn't get into it. Boring. I really wanted to like it.