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Love Medicine: Introduction
Love Medicine: Plot Summary
Love Medicine: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Love Medicine: Themes
Love Medicine: Quotes
Love Medicine: Characters
Love Medicine: Symbols
Love Medicine: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Louise Erdrich
Historical Context of Love Medicine
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- Full Title: Love Medicine
- When Written: 1984
- Where Written: Minnesota
- When Published: 1984
- Literary Period: Contemporary American
- Genre: Contemporary Native American novel
- Setting: An Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota, as well as Fargo, North Dakota and Minneapolis, Minnesota.
- Climax: When Gerry Nanapush breaks out of prison and shows up at King Kashpaw’s Minneapolis apartment.
- Antagonist: America’s whitewashed society and the United States government.
- Point of View: Love Medicine is told through many different points of view. Depending on the chapter and character, it is either first-person or third-person omniscient.
Extra Credit for Love Medicine
Will Write for Money. When Erdrich was a child, her father always encouraged her writing and even paid her a nickel for each story she wrote.
Beauty and Talent. In 1990, Erdrich was named one of People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People, alongside others including Tom Cruise, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Princess Diana Spencer.