I was first introduced to Louise Erdrich by one of my dearest friends, a talented writer and feminist professor. I fell in love with her prose the first very line I read in The Blue Jay’s Dance. It is a must have for every new mother for comfort and every accomplished mother for memories.

Karen Louise Erdrich is a American author of novels, poetry, and children’s books. Her father is German American and mother is half Ojibwe and half French American. She is an enrolled member of the Anishinaabe nation (also known as Chippewa). She is widely acclaimed as one of the most significant Native writers of the second wave of what critic Kenneth Lincoln has called the Native American Renaissance. (source)


“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.”

Louise Erdrich, The Painted Drum


“Women without children are also the best of mothers,often, with the patience,interest, and saving grace that the constant relationship with children cannot always sustain. I come to crave our talk and our daughters gain precious aunts. Women who are not mothering their own children have the clarity and focus to see deeply into the character of children webbed by family. A child is fortuante who feels witnessed as a peron,outside relationships with parents by another adult.”

Louise Erdrich, The Blue Jay’s Dance: A Birth Year



“There will never come a time when I will be able to resist my emotions.”

Louise Erdrich, Tales of Burning Love


“What is this life but the sound of an appalling love.”

Louise Erdrich


“When every inch of the world is known, sleep may be the only wilderness that we have left.”

Louise Erdrich, The Blue Jay’s Dance


“To love another human in all of her splendor and imperfect perfection , it is a magnificent task…tremendous and foolish and human.”

Louise Erdrich, The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse



“So many things in the world have happened before. But it’s like they never did. Every new thing that happens to a person, it’s a first… In that night I felt expansion, as if the world was branching out in shoots and growing faster than the eye could see. I felt smallness, how the earth divided into bits and kept dividing. I felt stars.”’

Louise Erdrich, Love Medicine