Michael Dorris and Louise Erdrich, husband and wife, have each written bestselling and highly acclaimed books. Now in their first fully collaborative literary work, they have created a cast of indelible characters and a page turner of a story filled with provocative ideas, humor suspense, and passion. A novel of discoveries, The Crown of Columbus chronicles the adventures of a pair of mismatched lovers and their quest for the truth about Christopher Columbus and themselves. Vivian Two star is a pragmatic, divorced forty year-old anthropologist with an exasperating teenage son, afierce grandmother and a baby on the way. Her lover, Roger Williams, a scholar and poet, is her polar opposite. Their relationship is plagued by the clashes of two people who disagree on every point except their attraction to each other. When Vivian uncovers Christopher Columbus's lost diary and a reference to "the greatest treasure of Europe," she and Roger are drawn into a journey to the Caribbean that threatens and finally changes their lives. The Crown of Columbus is a contemporary love story; a rollicking tale of adventure, a tender, funny examination of parenthood and a novel of history recovery and new beginnings. MICHAEL DORRIS is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Broken Cord, winner of the 1989 National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction and the Heartland Prize, as well as the nationally bestselling novel a Yellow Raft in Blue Water. LOUISE ERDRICH's critically acclaimed Love Medicine won theNational Book Critics Circle Award for fiction in 1984. Her work also includes the poetry collections jacklight and Baptism of Desire as well as The Beet Queen and Tracks, both New York Times bestselling novels.