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The Novels of Louise Erdrich

Stories of Her People


Connie Jacobs

Louise Erdrich positions herself as a contemporary tribal storyteller with her interlocking tales of her Chippewa people and her German-American ancestors. From the tribe’s struggle to survive ( Tracks), to the Depression ( The Beet Queen), to the mid-twentieth century ( Love Medicine), to contemporary times ( The Bingo Palace, Tales of Burning Love, and The Antelope Wise), Erdrich sympathetically, compassionately, and realistically renders a portrait of people striving to survive governmental bureaucracy, Catholic Church intrusion, and climatic severity.