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The Plague of Doves
LOUISE ERDRICH

The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich
64 reviews (2008) (320p)
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Finalist
ALA Notable Books - Fiction Finalist

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Book Description

Louise Erdrich's mesmerizing new novel, her first in almost three years, centers on a compelling mystery. The unsolved murder of a farm family haunts the small, white, off-reservation town of Pluto, North Dakota. The vengeance exacted for this crime and the subsequent distortions of truth transform the lives of Ojibwe living on the nearby reservation and shape the passions of both communities for the next generation. The descendants of Ojibwe and white intermarry, their lives intertwine; only the youngest generation, of mixed blood, remains unaware of the role the past continues to play in their lives.

Evelina Harp is a witty, ambitious young girl, part Ojibwe, part white, who is prone to falling hopelessly in love. Mooshum, Evelina's grandfather, is a seductive storyteller, a repository of family and tribal history with an all-too-intimate knowledge of the violent past. Nobody understands the weight of historical injustice better than Judge Antone Bazil Coutts, a thoughtful mixed blood who witnesses the lives of those who appear before him, and whose own love life reflects the entire history of the territory. In distinct and winning voices, Erdrich's narrators unravel the stories of different generations and families in this corner of North Dakota. Bound by love, torn by history, the two communities' collective stories finally come together in a wrenching truth revealed in the novel's final pages.

The Plague of Doves is one of the major achievements of Louise Erdrich's considerable oeuvre, a quintessentially American story and the most complex and original of her books.


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The Round House by Louise Erdrich
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The Beet Queen by Louise Erdrich
26 reviews (1986) (352p) (NBCCA)
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Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich
72 reviews (1984) (384p) (NBCCA) (NYTimes) (LATimes)
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Louise Erdrich Award Stats
Major Prize* Nominations 8  
Unique Books Nominated for a Major Prize* 6  
Pulitzer Prize Wins 0  
Pulitzer Prize Nominations 1 The Plague of Doves ·  
National Book Critics Circle Award Wins 2 Love Medicine · LaRose ·  
National Book Critics Circle Award Nominations 3 Love Medicine · The Beet Queen · LaRose ·  
National Book Award Wins 1 The Round House ·  
National Book Award Nominations 2 The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse · The Round House ·  
Man Booker Prize Wins 0  
Man Booker Prize Nominations 0  
PEN/Faulkner Award Wins 0  
PEN/Faulkner Award Nominations 0  

*Major Prize = Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, National Book Award, Man Booker Prize, and PEN/Faulkner Award

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