As of Decembert 2016 Ms. Erdrich is alive and living in Minneapolis, Minnesota where she owns and operates Birchbark Books, an independent bookstore specializing in Native American literature and the Native community in the Twin Cities.
the narrator owes her existence to her mother three times when she saved her life, to her father and mother and the hospital where they met and fell in love and when her mother saved her from the burning house.
the avalon trapeze act foreshadows the window rescue of the narrators as a little child by her mother the avalon's blindfold act foreshadows the mother's blindness from cataracts. the kiss in midair foreshadows the window rescue from the fire
The best books of 2012 on Amazon include, The Round House by Louise Erdrich, The Yellow Birds: A Novel by Kevin Powers, Gone Girl: A novel by Gillian Flynn, and The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe.