By Peter Beidler, Gay Barton
This article goals to pilot the reader in the course of the maze of Louise Erdrich's interlocking worlds. half 1 offers a skeletal define of every family members incorporated within the novels; and half 2, a dictionary of characters, types the guts of the e-book.
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January 1, 1995 The freezing Jack is rescued and then beaten by Caryl Moon. Jack manages to walk to his company’s garage, where he slowly recovers. January 4, 1995 Jack’s banker, Hegelstead, visits him in the garage. They agree that Jack should work with Lyman Lamartine on his reservation casino project. January 5, 1995 Three of Jack’s wives attend his funeral at Schlick’s Funeral Home. A radio bulletin announces the crash of the small aircraft transporting prisoner Gerry Nanapush. During his own funeral, Jack steals Candice’s car and drives off with his son, John Jr.
Wherever we thought confusion might result, we have cross-listed characters’ alternate names, with references back to the main-entry names. Thus, Boss Woman’s Indian name, Ogimaakwe, is cross-listed, since on two occations it is the only form given. Asasaweminikwesens, however, the Indian name of Fleur’s sister Chokecherry Girl, is not cross-listed, since it never appears apart from its English translation. For help in determining family relationships, members of the major family groups are also cross-referenced under family names.
In Love Medicine alone there are some 75 different characters. In all six novels there are many hundreds. In the main part of this dictionary we have described around 450 characters. In the separate section at the end that we call “Miscellaneous Minor Characters,” our readers will find another 200 characters or groups of characters. Although many of these individuals are distinctly minor, taken together they make up a rich and varied cast in a complex drama involving men and women of various races, ages, and generations.