“There was surely no reason I should go up that hill again.”

Louise Erdrich, Love Medicine
25 years ago, I met a man on the bus I took to work who asked if I’d ever read Love Medicine. I looked it up. Native Americans on a reservation…too depressing, I told him. For days, he carried his own copy around until he saw me again. I read the first chapter and put it down. “Skip around,” he told me, “you’ll find something.” I did. There was surely no reason I should go up that hill again. That line, that line, I told him years later during a chance encounter in Harvard Square, was always in my mind when I struggled, I went up hills, I wrote about Native Americans…I still have his copy, inscribed by a girlfriend who gave it to him when he was in the hospital, dying. Erdrich’s book made him want to live. Now it’s inscribed by her too. I wanted to give it back…”Keep it,” he said, smiling. “It’s your book.”
Submitted by: Leslie

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