Love Medicine | Study Guide

Louise Erdrich

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Overview

Author

Louise Erdrich

Year Published

1984

Type

Novel

Genre

Fiction

Perspective and Narrator

Love Medicine includes a variety of perspectives and narrators. In some sections characters narrate in the third person while in other chapters characters narrate in the first person. The author's decision to use multiple voices suits the novel's content, which is concerned with several generations of a family.

Tense

Love Medicine is narrated in the past tense.

About the Title

The novel's multiple protagonists share Chippewa Native American blood, and "love medicine" refers to the Native American idea that sex and nurturing relationships have powerful healing powers. It also relates to the concept of a healer or spiritual worker as a medicine man or woman. In the text Rushes Bear uses "love medicine" to envelop her husband Nanapush in a sexual relationship. It also refers to the spell Lipsha Morrissey uses, which is a "love medicine" spell, to try to bring Marie and Nector Kashpaw closer together despite Nector's extramarital affair with Lulu Lamartine.

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