The Sacred Stillness of Father Damien

I came to the writing of bestselling novelist Louise Erdrich for the first time as a twenty-five-year-old graduate student working towards her Masters of Arts in English. I read what most consider to be her masterwork, Love Medicine, for a course in Contemporary American Fiction, and I was at once entranced and disturbed, delighted and dumbfounded by Erdrich’s masterful interweaving of the mythical and the modern, and of the dark and light sides of human nature—most especially, of course, when it came to her wildly-forked, fictional family tree of Ojibwe from the reservation of Little No Horse.

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Katherine Scott Crawford is an award-winning writer, newspaper columnist, and college English teacher. Author of the historical novel Keowee Valley, her work has appeared in literary journals and magazines, including South Loop Review, The Santa Fe Writer’s Project, and Wilderness House Literary Review. Crawford holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and lives in Western North Carolina with her husband and daughters.

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