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Remembering Writer Michael Dorris

Dorris died last week at the age of 52. In 1989, He won a National Book Critics Circle award for The Broken Cord. A first person account of how fetal alcohol syndrome affected his oldest son, Abel, who later died. He and his wife, Louise Erdrich, wrote several novels together, including Love Medicine, The Crown of Columbus and Yellow Raft in Blue Water. Both are part Native American, and Dorris spent several years of his childhood on an Indian reservation. In January, his new novel Cloud Chamber was published by Scribner Books. The Concord Monitor newspaper reports that Dorris died from an apparent suicide.

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Other segments from the episode on April 14, 1997

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, April 14, 1997: Interview with Andrew Sullivan; Obituary for Michael Dorris; Commentary on Jackie Robinson.

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