Debra Magpie Earling

Debra Magpie Earning is a Native American novelist, and short story writer. She is the author of Perma Red and The Lost Journals of Sacajewea, which was on display at the Missoula Museum of Art in late 2011. Her work has also appeared in Ploughshares and the Northeast Indian Quarterly. Of the Bitterroot Salish (tribe), she is a graduate of the University of Washington, and holds both an MA in English and an MFA in Fiction Writing from Cornell University. Earling is currently a faculty member in the English Department at the University of Montana at Missoula.


PERMA RED (2002)

On the reservation, danger looms everywhere, rising out of fear and anger, deprivation and poverty. Fiery-haired Louise White Elk dreams of both belonging and escape, and of discovering love and freedom on her own terms. But she is a beautiful temptation for three men–each more dangerous than the next–who will do anything to possess her.

B & N Discover Author.

Awards: Best first novel, Mountains and Plains.

Both the Western Writer’s Association Spur Award for best first novel and the Award for best novel of the year.

Winner of the American Book Award. 


Rights: Blue Hen Press/Penguin, World English; Difel, Portugal