Louise Erdrich’s Tracks. I met my wife, Amanda, in graduate school, on the very first day, and just fell head over heels the minute I saw her. She introduced me to the writing of Louise Erdrich – I’d not heard of her. Amanda introduced me to Tracks, and Love Medicine, and I just devoured them. She’d read all of them at that point. Later, we were in a class together, and a professor asked us who was a writer who relies on summary more than scene or dialogue. Amanda and I both said “Robertson Davies” at the same time. Imagine Robertson Davies being the focus of your growing love.
Joseph Boyden is the author of The Orenda.