Study Guide

Love Medicine Characters

By Louise Erdrich

Marie (Lazarre) Kashpaw

Marie Kashpaw (née Lazarre) is the big kahuna matriarch of the Kashpaw family, which is...

Nector Kashpaw

Nector Kashpaw is the son of Rushes Bear and Kashpaw and the husband of Marie Lazarre. Also, he...

June Kashpaw

June is the first character we meet in the book, and even though she dies pretty much...

Lulu (Nanapush) Lamartine

Lulu is the on-again, off-again object of Nector's desires, and the two of them carry on an...

Albertine Johnson

In a book that switches between third-person omniscient and first-person limited perspectives...

Lipsha Morrissey

Lipsha Morrissey is June and Gerry's son, although he doesn't really find that out until pretty...

King Kashpaw

King is not in a good place (mentally or otherwise) at any point in the novel. When we first meet...

Zelda Kashpaw

Here's the legend of Zelda: she's Albertine's mother and Marie's daughter. Zelda is a tough...

Aurelia Kashpaw

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

King Kashpaw Jr. (a.k.a. Howard)

King a.k.a. Howard appears in the story as a baby and even gets a chapter devoted to his...

Lynette Kashpaw

Lynette is King's wife and King Junior/Howard's mother. We don't see a whole lot of her, but what...

Uncle Eli

In a family of pretty volatile folks, Uncle Eli seems to be the steady and reliable one. Unlike...

Beverly Lamartine

Although he's named after Lulu's husband, Henry Lamartine Junior is actually Beverly's biological...

Elsa Lamartine

Elsa is Beverly's wife. We don't learn a ton about her, aside from the fact that Beverly was...

Henry Lamartine Junior

We get to see what happens to Henry Lamartine Jr. after he grows up… and it's not pretty....

Gordie Kashpaw

He is June's on-again, off-again husband. When we first see him through Albertine's eyes, we get...

Lyman Lamartine

Lyman is Lulu's son with Nector. He gets his own first-person chapter offering his perspective on...

Gerry Nanapush

Gerry Nanapush was Lulu's son with Moses. Apparently, he was a pretty jolly dude, even if he was...

Dot Adare

When we first meet Dot, we don't necessarily get the best impression. First of all, she's crazy...

Rushes Bear a.k.a. Margaret

Rushes Bear is Nector's mother and Marie's mother-in-law. She had two husbands: Nanapush (i.e.,...

Mary Martin de Porres

She is a nun at the local mission in the story's present (the 1980s). Gerry ends up trying to...

Sister Leopolda

Sister Leopolda is the sadistic nun who tortured Marie when she was a young girl and drove her...

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