I just finished The Crown of Columbus. I had read it quite a few years ago (I'm sure more than 15 years ago!), and I couldn't remember more than that I had liked it a lot. I am reading it this time as part of my ongoing quest to read all of Louise Erdrich's books. I first started this project here, when I read Grandmother's Pigeon and then The Range Eternal. Since then, I've been reading some of her adult novels in chronological order. This time, I found The Crown of Columbus completely absorbing again. I couldn't stop reading it and carrying it around. The juxtaposition of voices in it was mesmerizing. I liked Vivian's voice better than Roger's, but I suspect that was his personality at first too. This is historical fiction, romance, and mystery all wrapped up in one, and it is an amazing story. The ending is what I expected, and yet not. I found myself caught up in the rhythms of the poetry and prose. A great, great story, and so different from some of Erdrich's other work.
The Crown of Columbus. Michael Dorris, Louise Erdrich. Harper Perennial, 1991.