The article by Bruce Barcott discusses the style in which Erdrich writes as tales are told by many characters. He goes on to state that “The Plague of Doves,” by Erdrich tells a tale of a little town called Pluto in North Dakota, which is slowly dwindling and questions what exactly is causing the town to slowing die and drive out its youth. The small town is stated to have skeletons that would surpass a simple storage of a closet but rather storage units. There is historical and geographical tension between Indians and whites, which occurs in the book Barcott mentions. He ends the article stating the intimacy of growing up in a small town such as the one described in the novel in the following quote:
“In “A Plague of Doves,” Erdrich has created an often gorgeous, sometimes maddeningly opaque portrait of a community strangled by its own history. Pluto is one of those places we read about now and then when big-city papers run features about the death of small-town America. When you grow up in such a place, people know that your mother was a wild child back in high school. They know why your uncle talks to himself in the grocery store. What Erdrich knows is that this history, built up over generations, yields a kind of claustrophobia that has only one cure: Leave.”
Barcott makes an excellent observation of Erdrich ‘s tale of a community that suffers due to an unfathomable event that took place. The community fails to come to terms with the lack of justice of the event of the lynching of the three individuals. This lack of justice echoes throughout the community generation after generation. This is exactly what Barcott is illustrating in the quote above. The tale of the lynching has carried over into the generations leaving them with a view that may have been placed upon them as the story is told to them. In the end the only option left for one to escape this horrifying tale, is to leave the town.