In their only fully collaborative literary work, Michael Dorris and Louise Erdrich have written a gripping novel of history, suspense, recovery, and new beginnings. The Crown of Columbus chronicles the adventures of a pair of mismatched loversVivian Twostar, a divorced, pregnant anthropologist, and Roger Williams, a consummate academic, epic poet, and bewildered father of Vivian's babyon their quest for the truth about Christopher Columbus and themselves. When Vivian uncovers what is presumed to be the most diary of Christopher Columbus, she and Roger are drawn into a journey from icy New Hampshire to the idyllic Caribbean in search of "the greatest treasure of Europe." Lured by the wild promise of redeeming the past, they are plunged into a harrowing race against time and death that threatensand finally changestheir lives. A rollicking tale of adventure, The Crown of Columbus is also contemporary love story and a tender examination of parenthood and passion.
About the Author
Louise Erdrich is the author of fifteen novels as well as volumes of poetry, children’s books, short stories, and a memoir of early motherhood. Her novel The Round House won the National Book Award for Fiction. The Plague of Doves won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and her debut novel, Love Medicine, was the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. Erdrich has received the Library of Congress Prize in American Fiction, the prestigious PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction, and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. She lives in Minnesota with her daughters and is the owner of Birchbark Books, a small independent bookstore.
Michael Dorris is the author of A Yellow Raft in Blue Water, The Broken Cord, Working Men, Morning Girl, and Guests, and co-author with Louise Erdrich of The Crown of Columbus.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I have never I been a fan of novels written by more than one person. In most cases these efforts always feel like a angle to cash in on the relative celebrity of one or both of the authors. In the case of this book there was also the marketing opportunity presented by the 500th anniversary of Columbus' voyage to the new world. The Native American heroine of the novel has saddled by white people with the chore of wrting a piece about Columbus from the perspective of a "native"...art perhaps imitating life. Her struggle with writing that article may be a reflection of the struggles , Dorris and Erdrich may have had with this book. There may have been something new said about Columbus, but it would be easy to miss in the totally contrived and convoluted plot. Although much of the writing is passable and some of it is very good, there was an oddly mechanical feel to the characters. on the plus side the portrayal of the academic life is right on target. On the whole this book was a disappointment.