The Plague of Doves (Paperback)

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April 2009 Indie Next List

“Louise Erdrich's latest spans a century in the small town of Pluto, North Dakota. It begins with a murder and a wrongful lynching, and then follows the descendants of those involved. The Plague of Doves showcases her trademark blend of pathos, comedy, magical realism, and epic narration, and it's a novel I will read again just to admire the skill with which all the pieces of the puzzle gently fall into place. Highly recommended.”
— Dana Schulz, Snowbound Books, Marquette, MI

October 2008 Indie Next List

“Louise Erdrich's complex history of the families in a North Dakota, mixed-blood, reservation town reveals its secrets slowly through the unique voices of the community. These characters require us to pay attention and move from psychological and philosophical musing to delightful storytelling full of magic and intrigue. Thoroughly enjoyable.”
— Kathleen Costello, Maria's Bookshop, Durango, CO


The unsolved murder of a farm family still haunts the white small town of Pluto, North Dakota, generations after the vengeance exacted and the distortions of fact transformed the lives of Ojibwe living on the nearby reservation.

Part Ojibwe, part white, Evelina Harp is an ambitious young girl prone to falling hopelessly in love. Mooshum, Evelina's grandfather, is a repository of family and tribal history with an all-too-intimate knowledge of the violent past. And Judge Antone Bazil Coutts, who bears witness, understands the weight of historical injustice better than anyone. Through the distinct and winning voices of these unforgettable narrators, the collective stories of two interwoven communities ultimately come together to reveal a final wrenching truth.

About the Author

LOUISE ERDRICH lives with her family in Minnesota and is the owner of Birchbark Books, an independent bookstore. Ms. Erdrich is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, and this series which will, in the end, span one hundred years in the life of an Ojibwe woman was inspired by Ms. Erdrich s own genealogy. Makoons continues the story that started with The Birchbark House, a National Book Award finalist; The Game of Silence, winner of the Scott O Dell Award for Historical Fiction in 2006; the acclaimed The Porcupine Year; and Chickadee, winner of the Scott O Dell Award for Historical Fiction in 2013. Ms. Erdrich is the bestselling author of many critically acclaimed novels for adults as well, including the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Plague of Doves, the National Book Award medalist The Round House and National Book Award finalist The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse. She is also the author of the picture book Grandmother s Pigeon, illustrated by Jim LaMarche. You can visit her online at and
Product Details
ISBN: 9780062277732
ISBN-10: 0062277731
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: April 30th, 2013
Pages: 313
Language: English
Series: P.S.