Erdrich, Louise

▪ American author
in full  Karen Louise Erdrich 
born June 7, 1954, Little Falls, Minn., U.S.

      author of Native American ethnicity whose principal subject is the Chippewa Indians in the northern Midwest.

      Erdrich grew up in Wahpeton, N.D., where her German father and Chippewa mother taught at a Bureau of Indian Affairs boarding school. She attended Dartmouth College (B.A., 1976) and Johns Hopkins University (M.A., 1979). While at Dartmouth she met writer Michael Dorris (1945–97), whom she married and collaborated with in writing her novels. Although she published two volumes of poetry, it is her fiction for which she is best known. After her short story “The World's Greatest Fisherman” won the 1982 Nelson Algren fiction prize, it became the basis of her first novel, Love Medicine (1984; expanded edition, 1993). Love Medicine began a tetralogy that includes The Beet Queen (1986), Tracks (1988), and The Bingo Palace (1994), about the Indian families living on or near a North Dakota Chippewa reservation and the whites they encounter. Tales of Burning Love (1996) and The Antelope Wife (1998) detail tumultuous relationships between men and women and their aftermath. The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse (2001) is about a woman who dresses as a man to assume the priesthood on an Ojibwa reservation. Erdrich shifted away from Native American themes to explore the German, Polish, and Scandinavian citizens of a small North Dakota town in The Master Butchers Singing Club (2003). The Plague of Doves (2008) centres on a young protagonist who tries to understand the longstanding tension between her Native American family and their white neighbours.

      Erdrich's novels are noted for their depth of characterization; they are peopled by a variety of characters, some of which reappear in several stories. Their contact with white culture invariably brings such elements as alcohol, Roman Catholicism, and government policies to tear down the Indian community; tradition and loyalty to family and heritage work to counteract these forces.

      Erdrich also wrote short stories and children's stories, including Grandmother's Pigeon (1996), and she and Dorris cowrote the novel The Crown of Columbus (1991). Erdrich's The Blue Jay's Dance: A Birth Year (1995) is a collection of articles, essays, and other nonfiction pieces.

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