The jacket narrative of The Plague of Doves
deceptive. Erdrich's latest offering isn't really a novel;
it's a collection of short stories loosely tied together
through the lynching mentioned in the book's description.
The core story serves as a touchstone, a place to connect
the diverse tales, but doesn't play a central part in the
characters' actions or development. Very little of the book
is about the brutal murders related in the book's one-page
introduction, focusing instead on relationships within and
Short story collections often suffer from unevenness in
quality from tale to tale. Such is not the case with The
Plague of Doves
. All of the stories in this compilation
are engaging and exceptionally well-written, with a depth...
Beyond the Book
Many of the characters featured in The Plague of Doves
Metis. The Metis (historically known as the Bois
Brule) emerged in Canada in the mid-17th
as New World fur traders intermarried with Cree, Ojibwe,
Salteaux and Menominee natives. While mostly French, some of
the traders were English and Scots. Over time, the offspring
of these unions themselves interbred and had children of
their own, creating one of three Aboriginal peoples
recognized by the Canadian government.
The Metis homeland includes the Canadian provinces of
British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba & Ontario,
as well as parts of the United States...