by Kerry Hanahan,
LBPH Reader Advisor
On Tuesday, September 9, 2014, the PEN American Center announced Louise Erdrich as the winner of the PEN/Saul Bellow prize. The prize is for lifetime achievement in America literature and includes a $25,000 cash award. Judges included authors E.L. Doctorow, Zadie Smith, and Edwidge Danticat. Erdrich’s most recent novel, The Round House, won the National Book Award for fiction in 2012.
The Plague of Doves
DB 66886 / CL 15276
The long-ago murder of a white family and subsequent mob lynching of innocent Native Americans still haunt the town of Pluto, North Dakota, and the nearby Ojibwe reservation. Evelina, her grandfather Mooshum, Judge Coutts, and Doctor Lochran, whose lives intertwine, are unknowingly affected by the past. Some violence. Bestseller. 2008.
The Red Convertible: Selected and New Stories, 1978-2008
DB 69544 / CL 14387
Thirty-six tales by award-winning novelist Erdrich. In “Knives” a homely, thirtysomething butcher’s assistant has an affair with an unsuccessful, unstable traveling salesman. Includes “The Fat Man’s Race,” “Father’s Milk,” “Naked Woman Playing Chopin,” “Pounding the Dog,” and the title story. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. 2009.
The Round House
North Dakota, 1988. Thirteen-year-old Joe Coutts’s mother Geraldine, a tribal enrollment specialist, is brutally raped at the Ojibwe Round House. Joe and his father, a judge, each search for Geraldine’s attacker to bring him to justice. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. National Book Award. Bestseller. 2012.