New York Times Bestseller
Widely acknowledged as a masterpiece by National Book Award–winner Louise Erdrich, The Plague of Doves was published to extraordinary critical acclaim and bestsellerdom and is now available as a limited Olive Edition from Harper Perennial.
“[Erdrich’s] accomplishment in these pages is Tolstoy-like: to render human particularity so meticulously and with such fierce passion as to convey the great, glittering movement of time.”—San Francisco Chronicle
A Pulitzer Prize Finalist, The Plague of Doves centers on the unsolved murder of a farm family that haunts the small, white, off-reservation town of Pluto, North Dakota. The vengeance exacted for this crime and the subsequent distortions of truth transform the lives of Ojibwe living on the nearby reservation and shape the passions of both communities for the next generation. Only the youngest generation, of mixed blood, remains unaware of the role the past continues to play in their lives: Evelina Harp, a witty, ambitious girl, part Ojibwe, part white, is prone to falling hopelessly in love; Judge Antone Bazil Coutts, a thoughtful mixed blood, understands the weight of historical injustice but his own love life reflects the entire conflicted history of the territory. In distinct and winning voices, Erdrich’s narrators unravel the collective stories of two interwoven communities that ultimately come together in a final wrenching truth.
A quintessentially American story, The Plague of Doves is one of the major achievements of Louise Erdrich’s considerable oeuvre.