Why You Should Read Louise Erdrich

A great book for book clubs and one you shouldn't miss.

Since college (so many years ago), I have always been a fan of Louise Erdrich, but until the publication of her most recent book, The Round House, I had let a few of her books slip by without reading them. When my book club selected The Round House, I felt this was the perfect opportunity to get caught up. Wow! While most of Erdrich's books are complicated and require dedication and focus to plow through, The Round House, is completely accessible to your average reader. Still present is all of the cultural detail that I crave (Erdrich is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa tribe and most of her books reflect her background), but the plot and family connections of the characters in this novel were pretty straight forward. I can't recommend this book enough. While you're at it, try a few of her others. This was one of the best books of 2012.

Written by Jennifer on January 6, 2014

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Stefanie on January 6, 2014

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I concur. I loved The Round House. Many of her books are on my list of all-time favorites and I return to them over and over again.

Angelita on January 6, 2014

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I read "Love Medicine" in college for my Ethnic and Minority Lit class. I am thankful I did. I am looking forward to reading other books by her.

Jennifer on January 6, 2014

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Thanks for your comments, Stefanie and Angelita! Always good to know there are other Erdrich fans out there.

eve on January 6, 2014

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I loved "The Master Butchers Singing Club" by her. She has a lovely way of embellishing history with good storytelling and great characters. I also liked "Shadow Tag" which examines the murky aspects of power and secrets within relationships.

Diane on January 29, 2014

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I agree with all the above comments. I especially love the humor that is always present in her books. My favorite is "Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse."

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Thanks for the comment, Diane. Yes, the humor (chuckling now). Tragedy mixed with wise humor seems to be one of Erdrich's trademarks.

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