A Native American author of novels, poetry and children's books, Louise Erdrich writes what she knows—her grandfather served as a tribal chairman for the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians and her parents taught at the Bureau of Indian Affairs school. Her first novel, Love Medicine
, received rave reviews and won the 1984 National Book Critics Circle Award. Her novel The Plague of Doves
was a finalist for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. Due to her use of setting, her works have drawn comparisons with Nobel Prize–winning author William Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha County novels
. Erdrich is also the owner of Birchbark Books
, a small independent bookstore in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Read a review of her latest book, Shadow Tag