Study Guide

Aurelia Kashpaw in Love Medicine

By Louise Erdrich

Aurelia Kashpaw

Aurelia is Albertine's aunt, Zelda's sister, and Marie/Nector's daughter. Yeah dudes: this family is close and drama-filled.

Albertine describes Aurelia as pretty sexy with her "her careful permanent, high rounded cheeks, tight jeans, and frilled rodeo shirts" (1.2.42). Overall, Aurelia seems a bit more laidback and fun-loving than Zelda, but Albertine sees a lot of similarities as well:

The odd thing about the two… was the differenter they acted the more alike they showed themselves. They clung to their rock-bottom opinions. They were so strong in their beliefs that there came a time when it hardly mattered what exactly those beliefs were; they all fused into a single stubbornness. (1.2.42)

Well, it seems like there's no shortage of, er, conviction among the Kashpaw women, right?

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