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Louise Erdrich is the author of fifteen novels as well as volumes of poetry, children's books, short stories, and a memoir of early motherhood. Her novel The Round House won the National Book Award for Fiction. The Plague of Doves won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and her debut novel, Love Medicine, was the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. Erdrich has received the Library of Congress Prize in American Fiction, the prestigious PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction, and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. She lives in Minnesota with her daughters and is the owner of Birchbark Books, a small independent bookstore.

Reviews

"[A] meditative, profoundly humane story...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."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"[A] sad, wise, funny novel, in which [Erdrich] takes the native storytelling tradition that informs her work and remakes it for the modern world, stitching its tattered remnants into a vibrant living fabric."--Minneapolis Star Tribune
"A brilliantly imagined and constructed saga of empathy, elegy, spirituality, resilience, wit, wonder, and hope that will stand as a defining master work of American literature for generations to come."--Booklist (starred review)
"A magnificent novel from suicide to possible salvation, murder to redemption, vengeance to volleyball. It is Erdrich at the top of her form."--Providence Journal
"A magnificent, sorrowful tale of justice, retribution, and love."--Vanity Fair
[A] superb new novel...[Erdrich immerses] us in this remarkable world so thoroughly, so satisfyingly."--Miami Herald
A brutal, ultimately buoyant dramatization of the way unexpected kinships heal us."--O, the Oprah Magazine
"A fiercely resonant exploration of love, loss, and the tangled ties that bind."--Entertainment Weekly, Best Books of 2016 so far...
"[Erdrich] has laid out one of the most arresting visions of America in one of its most neglected corners, a tableaux on par with Faulkner, a place both perilous and haunted, cursed and blessed."--Chicago Tribune
"A complex tapestry of retribution and acceptance...Ever the master of emotions, Erdrich...incorporates elements of guilt, justice and atonement."--Bookreporter.com
"A masterly tale of grief and love...Erdrich never missteps...The recurring miracle of Erdrich's fiction is that nothing feels miraculous in her novels. She gently insists that there are abiding spirits in this land and alternative ways of living and forgiving that have somehow survived the West's best efforts to snuff them out."--Washington Post
"A powerful evocation of two families' struggle to overcome misfortune.."--Houston Chronicle
"A stunning novel...A heartbreaking tale of love, family, and obligation that spans generations."--Real Simple
"Breathtaking...[LaRose] may be her most graceful creation...The recurring miracle of Erdrich's fiction is that nothing feels miraculous in her novels. She gently insists there are abiding spirits in this land and alternative ways of living and forgiving that have somehow survived the West's best efforts to snuff them out."--Denver Post
"Electrifying...Louise Erdrich's...most brilliant novel.--The Twin Cities Pioneer Press
"Erdrich spins a powerful, resonant story with masterly finesse...memorable and satisfying."--Publishers Weekly Starred Pick of the Week
"Erdrich suffuses the book with her particular sort of magic-an ability to treat each character with singular care, weaving their separate journeys flawlessly throughout the larger narrative, and making each person's pain feel achingly real. All the while, she adds new depth to timeless concepts of revenge, culture, and family."--Entertainment Weekly
"Erdrich's created an entire world, a realm bristling with a sense of place, where plots unwind and surprise, the spirit world suffuses everyday existence, and the past is as much a part of the present as breathing...magnificent...It is Erdrich at the top of her form."--Providence Journal
"Erdrich's richly layered tale brings a host of fascinating characters to life as it builds to its haunting resolution."--People
"In someone else's hands, this might turn out to be a stark morality tale or a pure tearjerker. In Louise Erdrich's, it's something else altogether... a novel more generous and less predictable than might be expected, where revenge and human planning in general take second place to life working itself out in ways that no one human can predict or control."--The Columbus Dispatch
"Incandescent...Erdrich has always been fascinated by the relationship between revenge and justice, but...LaRose comes down firmly on the side of forgiveness. Can a person do the worst possible thing and still be loved? Erdrich's answer is a resounding yes."--New York Times Book Review, front page review
"Louise Erdrich's latest novel LAROSE is, as usual, a gift to treasure... Erdrich writes about reconnection and reconciliation with such purity and precision, she'll crack your heart right open, then mend it with care and leave your whole soul singing with joy."--Buzzfeed
"Mesmerizing... Throughout her body of work, Erdrich has woven complex narratives with rich character detail and the cultural traditions of her Native American background. In LaRose, her greatest strengths are on display as all these strands come together under her masterful control."--Chapter 16
"Remarkable...As the novel draws to a conclusion, the suspense is ratcheted up, but never at the expense of Erdrich's reflective power or meditative lyricism...One of Erdrich's finest achievements."--Boston Globe
"The rewards of LAROSE lie in the quick unraveling and the slow reconstruction of these lives to a moment when animosities resolve, like shards of glass in a kaleidoscope, into clarity and understanding...Told with constraint and conviction..."--Los Angeles Times
"Told with aching understanding...This timeless 15th novel stands as one of Erdrich's best: comprehending and comprehensive, full of cascading, resonant details punctuated with spiky humor."--Kansas City Star
"You're going to want to take your time with this book, so lavish in its generational scope, its fierce torrent of wrongs and its luxurious heart. Anyway, you may have no choice, as you fall under the spell of a master... Like Toni Morrison, like Tolstoy, like Steinbeck, Erdrich writes her characters with a helpless love and witnesses them with a supreme absence of judgment...[a] beautiful novel."--San Francisco Chronicle

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