The Beet Queen. A Novel
New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1986. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher’s moss cloth over white paper-covered boards, spine gilt, original illustrated dust jacket.
"But then as time passed, I learned the lesson that parents do early on. You fail sometimes. No matter how much you love your children, there are times you slip." Signed first edition of Louise Erdrich’s second novel, signed by her to the half-title page. Universally acclaimed upon publication, the novel recounts the adventures of recently orphaned Mary and Karl Adare as they meet and engage with characters of Ojibwe origin introduced in Love Medicine (1984). Set on the fictional Turtle Mountain reservation in North Dakota and told from multiple points of view, Erdrich’s sprawling chronicle also stands, like most of her work, as a socio-political commentary on the oppressive policies instituted by the US government toward Native American populations. Signed by Erdrich on the title-page. Dust jacket designed by Wendell Minor. First printing with complete number row to copyright page. Unclipped dust jacket with small closed tear to top edge of upper panel, else fine. Item #4948