LaRose: A Novel

By | November 27, 2017
LaRose: A Novel Author Louise Erdrich
ISBN-10 0062277030
ISBN-13 9780062277039
Year 2017-04-11
Pages 400
Language English
Publisher Harper Perennial
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Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in FictionFinalist for the 2017 PEN Faulkner AwardIn this literary masterwork Louise Erdrich the bestselling author of the National Book Award winningThe Round Houseand the Pulitzer PrizenomineeThe Plague of Doveswields her breathtaking narrative magic in an emotionally haunting contemporary tale of a tragic accident a demand for justice and a profound act of atonement with ancient roots in Native American culture North Dakota late summer 1999 Landreaux Iron stalks a deer along the edge of the property bordering his own He shoots with easy confidencebut when the buck springs away Landreaux realizes hes hit something else a blur he saw as he squeezed the trigger When he staggers closer he realizes he has killed his neighbors five year old son Dusty Ravich The youngest child of his friend and neighbor Peter Ravich Dusty was best friends with Landreauxs five year old son LaRose The two families have always been close sharing food clothing and rides into town their children played together despite going to different schools and Landreauxs wife Emmaline is half sister to Dustys mother Nola Horrified at what hes done the recovered alcoholic turns to an Ojibwe tribe traditionthe sweat lodgefor guidance and finds a way forward Following an ancient means of retribution he and Emmaline will give LaRose to the grieving Peter and Nola Our son will be your son now they tell them LaRose is quickly absorbed into his new family Plagued by thoughts of suicide Nola dotes on him keeping her darkness at bay His fierce rebellious new sister Maggie welcomes him as a coconspirator who can ease her volatile mothers terrifying moods Gradually hes allowed shared visits with his birth family whose sorrow mirrors the Raviches own As the years pass LaRose becomes the linchpin linking the Irons and the Raviches and eventually their mutual pain begins to heal But when a vengeful man with a long standing grudge against Landreaux begins raising trouble hurling accusations of a cover up the day Dusty died he threatens the tenuous peace that has kept these two fragile families whole Inspiring and affecting LaRoseis a powerful exploration of loss justice and the reparation of the human heart and an unforgettable dazzling tour de force from one of Americas most distinguished literary masters

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