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Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich
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What a fantastic debut novel! It has linking stories from different Ojibwe people in different generations, but not only do they tell a shared story, they interlink with the books we already read - Tracks and Four Souls - even though those books were written later. I did read the 1993 revised edition.

One element I loved was the portrayal of people in love even in old age. Here is a quotation that speaks to that: “I thought love got easier over the years so it didn’t hurt so bad when it hurt, or feel so good when it felt good. I thought it smoothed out and old people hardly noticed it. I thought it curled up and died...Now I saw it rear up like a whip and a lash. She loved him. She was jealous. She mourned him like the dead."

Highly recommended, but you can't rush this one. Everything connects.
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Reading Progress

July 9, 2012 – Shelved
July 9, 2012 – Shelved as: around-the-usa
July 9, 2012 – Shelved as: location-usa-nd
February 12, 2020 – Started Reading
February 26, 2020 –
page 124
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February 29, 2020 – Shelved as: location-usa-minnesota
February 29, 2020 – Shelved as: erdrich-medicine-readalong
February 29, 2020 – Shelved as: read2020
February 29, 2020 – Shelved as: author-list-2020
February 29, 2020 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Sue (new)

Sue Read this book when it first came out. I was so stunned by it. Soooo good. I was so protective of the book that I never recommended it to anyone because I didn't want to hear that they didn't like it. I'm still in love with it.


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