Author Louise Erdrich awarded the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction

Louise Erdrich

Visit our Main Floor Display honoring author Louise Erdrich.  The Syosset Public Library owns many of Ms. Erdrich’s titles in a variety of formats: Regular Print, Large Type, Audiobook, as well as downloadable eBook and Audiobook through Overdrive.

Louise Erdrich display

Ms. Erdrich has enjoyed an accomplished career as a writer publishing over 14 novels and multiple other works, including memoirs, essay, poetry, short stories and children’s books.  Ms. Erdrich is also the owner of BIRCHBARK BOOKS AND NATIVE ARTS in Minneapolis.

I was first exposed to Louise Erdrich’s writing in an Ethnic American Literature course in college and again as a graduate student in a Native American Literature course.  I was highly impressed with her writing from the moment I picked up Love Medicine, winner of the 1984 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, and quickly went on to read more of her work.

Not sure which title to read? Try one of our Staff Member Favorites:

Round HouseThe Round House by Louise Erdrich

*Winner of the 2012 National Book Award for Fiction

“When his mother, a tribal enrollment specialist living on a reservation in North Dakota, slips into an abyss of depression after being brutally attacked, fourteen-year-old Joe Coutz sets out with his three friends to find the person that destroyed his family.”

Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich

Love Medicine*Winner of the 1984 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction

Love Medicine is Louise Erdrich’s masterful debut novel, one of the most influential, beloved, and distinguished works of contemporary fiction. It is the unforgettable saga of two families and how their destinies intertwine over the course of fifty years on and around a North Dakota reservation. Here is the book that heralded the arrival of a major voice in American literature.”

Master Butchers SingingThe Master Butchers Singing Club by Louise Erdrich

*Recognized by Booklist Editor’s Choice – Best Fiction of 2003

“Returning to his quiet German village home after World War I, trained killer Fidelis Waldvogel, accompanied by his wife, leaves to start a new life in America and finds his life irrevocably changed by a new relationship.”

The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse by Louise Erdrich

Last Report at the Miracles of Little*Recognized by Library Journal as one of the Best Books of 2001

“As a priest nears the end of his life, he is asked to prove or disprove the sainthood of a woman he knows well and struggles to guard his own secret identity in the process.”

All summaries from the publishers.

– posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

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