Books by Louise Erdrich

Louise Erdrich is the author of ten novels as well as volumes of poetry, children's books, and a memoir of early motherhood. Her novel Love Medicine won the National Book Critics Circle Award. The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse was a final

MAKOONS by Louise Erdrich
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"A warm and welcome addition to the unfolding saga of a 19th-century Ojibwe family. (map, author's note) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
In this fifth book of the Birchbark House series, Omakayas, her twin sons, Makoons and Chickadee, and their extended family adjust to life on the Great Plains following their 1866 migration from the Minnesota woods to Dakota Territory. Read full book review >
LAROSE by Louise Erdrich
Released: May 10, 2016

"Electric, nimble, and perceptive, this novel is about 'the phosphorous of grief' but also, more essentially, about the emotions men need, but rarely get, from one another."
After accidentally shooting his friend and neighbor's young son, a man on a Native American reservation subscribes to "an old form of justice" by giving his own son, LaRose, to the parents of his victim. Read full book review >
THE ROUND HOUSE by Louise Erdrich
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"This second novel in a planned trilogy lacks the breadth and richness of Erdrich at her best, but middling Erdrich is still pretty great."
Erdrich returns to the North Dakota Ojibwe community she introduced in The Plague of Doves (2008)—akin but at a remove from the community she created in the continuum of books from Love Medicine to The Red Convertible—in this story about the aftermath of a rape. Read full book review >
CHICKADEE by Louise Erdrich
Released: Aug. 21, 2012

"A beautifully evolving story of an indigenous American family. (map; glossary & pronunciation guide of Ojibwe terms) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Erdrich continues the saga of Omakayas and her family, who now embark in 1866 on a life-changing search that takes them from Minnesota's North Woods to the Great Plains in this fourth book of The Birchbark House Series.Read full book review >
SHADOW TAG by Louise Erdrich
Released: Feb. 2, 2010

"Readers familiar with Erdrich's personal life may suspect she has written close to the bone here, but she manages the rare achievement of rising above the facts she has incorporated to create a small masterpiece of compelling, painfully moving fiction."
Taking a risky leap, Erdrich sets aside the magical-realist style of her many volumes about the Ojibwes (The Red Convertible, 2008 etc.) to write a domestic tragedy set among sophisticated, assimilated, highly educated and successful Native Americans. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 6, 2009

"Erdrich requires a degree of commitment not every reader will make, but fans will find that these stories distill her body of work to its essence."
Erdrich (The Plague of Doves, 2008, etc.) has created such a complex fictional universe, with mythic characters reappearing in different guises in her numerous novels, that these 36 stories, even those previously unpublished, resonate like favorite melodies. Read full book review >
THE PORCUPINE YEAR by Louise Erdrich
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Charming and enlightening. (Historical fiction. 9-11)"
This third entry in the Birchbark House series takes Omakayas and her family west from their home on the Island of the Golden-Breasted Woodpecker, away from land the U.S. government has claimed. Read full book review >
THE PLAGUE OF DOVES by Louise Erdrich
Released: April 29, 2008

"A lush, multilayered book."
The latest Erdrich novel (The Painted Drum, 2005, etc.) about the Ojibwes and the whites they live among in North Dakota spirals around a terrible multiple murder that reverberates down through generations of a community. Read full book review >
THE PAINTED DRUM by Louise Erdrich
Released: Sept. 7, 2005

"Hard to believe, but Erdrich just keeps getting better."
The eponymous Native American object vibrates powerfully—as both instrument and symbol—in this tenth volume in Erdrich's epic Ojibwe saga. Read full book review >
THE GAME OF SILENCE by Louise Erdrich
Released: July 5, 2005

"It's hard not to weep when white settlers drive the Ojibwe west, and hard not to hope for what comes next for this radiant nine-year-old. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Readers who loved the ways of Omakayas and her family in The Birchbark House (1999) have ample reason to rejoice in this beautifully constructed sequel. Read full book review >
FOUR SOULS by Louise Erdrich
Released: July 2, 2004

"A welcome addition, then, to a uniquely enthralling and important American story."
The loss of ancestral lands and the revivifying power of traditions shape the dialectic that informs the latest in Erdrich's expanding Ojibwe saga (The Master Butchers Singing Club, 2003, etc.). Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 7, 2003

"There are echoes of Steinbeck's East of Eden as well, in a thoughtful, artful, painfully moving addition to an ongoing American saga."
The tensions between stoical endurance and the frailty of human connection, as delineated in Erdrich's almost unimaginably rich eighth novel: a panoramic exploration of "a world where butchers sing like angels." Read full book review >
THE RANGE ETERNAL by Louise Erdrich
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"The metaphor may have more meaning for adults, but children too will be captivated by the lyrical art and prose. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Erdrich (Birchbark House, 1999, etc.) draws multiple meanings from the title in a poetic reminiscence founded on childhood memories. Read full book review >
Released: April 8, 2001

"Comparisons to Willa Cather (particularly her Death Comes for the Archbishop) as well as Faulkner now seem perfectly just. That's how good Erdrich has become."
The North Dakota world of interrelated Native American families that Erdrich has shaped into a myth of Faulknerian proportions is once again the province of her extraordinary sixth novel: a worthy companion to such triumphs as Love Medicine (1993) andThe Antelope Wife (1998). Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1999

"Omakayas cannot find her way back to happiness until an odd old woman tells her the truth of her past, in a novel that is by turns charming, suspenseful, and funny, and always bursting with life. (Fiction. 10-14)"
With this volume, Erdrich (Grandmother's Pigeon, 1996, etc.) launches her cycle of novels about a 19th-century Ojibwa family, covering in vivid detail their everyday life as they move through the seasons of one year on an island on Lake Superior. Read full book review >
THE ANTELOPE WIFE by Louise Erdrich
Released: April 1, 1998

"This is realism at its most magical, in a novel as satisfying as any Erdrich has written."
Erdrich's stunningly imagined sixth novel follows the trail blazed by such well-received predecessors as The Bingo Palace (1994). Read full book review >
Released: April 18, 1996

"Maybe not quite tales of burning love, but definitely plenty of smoke."
Erdrich opens her sprawling and ambitious new novel with the same haunting episode that began Love Medicine (1984): A young Chippewa woman gets out of a car and walks through a snowstorm to her death—but this time we see it all through the eyes of the man who was with her in that car. Read full book review >
Released: April 15, 1996

"A lyrical, if somewhat obscure, tale. (Picture book. 6-9)"
In her first picture book, a much-praised novelist tips the delicate balance between the fanciful and more realistic aspects of storytelling until the tale almost disintegrates into whimsy. Read full book review >
THE BLUE JAY'S DANCE by Louise Erdrich
Released: April 18, 1995

"Occasionally too self-conscious about the importance of Erdrich's role as Writer, but the bond between mother and infant has rarely been captured so well."
Astute, poetic reflections on the powerful mother-daughter relationship from conception through the baby's first year. Read full book review >
THE BINGO PALACE by Louise Erdrich
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Lots of fancy molding here, swirls and gewgaws—but an insubstantial palace in the end."
Plucked from the revolving carousel of Erdrich's Chippewa characters now is Lipsha Morrissey—the good-for-nothing doofus son of much-escaped convict Gerry Nanapush and spooky June Kapshaw- -who's been batting around off the reservation but returns and promptly falls stone in love with Shawnee Ray, a single mother half-pledged to the tribe's gambling-casino entrepreneur, the much older Lyman Lamartine. Read full book review >
LOVE MEDICINE by Louise Erdrich
Released: Nov. 23, 1993

"But, despite flaws and excesses, this is a notable, impressive book of first fiction: the unique evocation of a culture in severe social ruin, yet still aglow with the privilege and power of access to the spirit-world."
Called a novel, Erdrich's book of powerful stories interlocks the lives of two Chippewa families in North Dakota, the Kashpaws and the Lamartines (though some are Morrisseys too, and Nanapushes)—a tribal chronicle of defeat that ranges from 1934 to the present, Illegitimacy, alcoholism, prison, and aborted dreams of something better mark both clans; and the fluidity of exchange between them is echoed by poet Erdrich's loose, time-shifting approach—an oblique sort of narration that sometimes makes it difficult to remember who's who among the characters. Read full book review >
LOVE MEDICINE by Louise Erdrich
Released: Nov. 23, 1993

"The new stories are not equal to the best of the old here, but also do no particular damage to the net effect."
Erdrich has added five new "chapters" to what in 1984 was originally called a novel. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 3, 1993

"Everything else around them, their cohorts in this volume, come off in by as merely, if skillfully, anecdotal."
In the latest Best American collection of 20, Erdrich makes all the expected and rightful choices—stories by John Updike, Alice Munro, Diane Johnson, Larry Woiwode, Mary Gordon, each of which rests on its own crafted base quite securely. Read full book review >
TRACKS by Louise Erdrich
Released: Sept. 12, 1988

"Not the best Erdrich, in other words, but a block nonetheless in her quite special ongoing oeuvre."
Erdrich keeps to her cast of rich Chippewa characters here—Pillagers, Kashpawa, Lazarres: familiar to readers of both Love Medicine and The Beet Queen—but has placed them chronologically before the setting of those other novels. Read full book review >
THE BEET QUEEN by Louise Erdrich
Released: Sept. 15, 1986

"A truly lovely book—worthy successor to Love Medicine."
With as sure a hand as she used to reach in and touch the terror of family and tribal love in Love Medicine, Erdrich now captures in relatedness and friendship a startlingly Dickensian germ of comedy. Read full book review >