What Do I Read Next?
- The Beet Queen, published by Holt in 1986, continues the story of the Chippewa, but Erdrich focuses on people connected to the Lamartines and Kashpaws through the community beyond the reservation. This story is about the family of Dot, the woman with whom Gerry Nanapush is involved in Love Medicine.
- While Tracks was published after The Beet Queen (by Harper in 1988), the story centers around the events that occurred and the people who lived before those in Love Medicine. In Tracks, the evil medicine woman, Fleur Pillager, works her magic. She is the ancestor of several of the people in Love Medicine, including Moses Pillager.
- Erdrich interrupted her work on Tales of Burning Love to write The Bingo Palace, published by HarperCollins in 1994. The Bingo Palace provides readers not only with the continuation of the story of Lyman Lamartine and his bingo palace but also with the tale of the reconciliation between Lipsha and Lyman and a renewal of Chippewa ways.
- HarperCollins published Tales of Burning Love, Erdrich's sixth novel, in 1996. Going back to the story of June Kashpaw, this book relates the events in the life of Jack Mauser, the man whom June has sex with on the night of her death. After June's death, Mauser has four wives. His life is both comedic and tragic; Jack dies in a house fire.
- Erdrich's first work of nonfiction, The Blue Jay's Dance, was published by HarperCollins in 1995. In this book, Erdrich chronicles her child's birth and first year of life. It examines the balancing act that working parents experience on a daily basis.
- Grandmother's Pigeon, published by Hyperion in 1996, is Erdrich's first children's book. It is about an adventurous grandmother who travels to Greenland on the back of a porpoise and her children who get messages to her by way of carrier pigeons.
- Gloria Naylor's The Women of Brewster Place offers a style of writing comparable to Erdrich's. Naylor tells her story through the distinct voices of seven women struggling to survive ghetto life. The Women of Brewster Place was published by Viking in 1982.
- Critics have compared Erdrich's non-chronological storytelling through characters voices to William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying. Published in 1930 by Jonathan Cape and Harrison Smith, As I Lay Dying is a dying woman's story told in a stream-of-consciousness fashion.