The oldest of seven children from a family of German, French, and Turtle Mountain Chippewa descent, Lousie Erdrich was born in Minnesota in 1954 and raised in North Dakota. She has published more than fifteen novels. Her parents encouraged her writing; in her youth, her father paid her a nickel for every story she completed. In 2010 The Paris Review asked her what these stories were about. “Lonely girls with hidden talents,” she said.