LaRose

LaRose

Book - 2016 | First edition.
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North Dakota, late summer, 1999. Landreaux Iron stalks a deer along the edge of the property bordering his own. He shoots with easy confidence - but when the buck springs away, Landreaux realizes he's hit something else, a blur he saw as he squeezed the trigger. When he staggers closer, he realizes he has killed his neighbor's five-year-old son, Dusty Ravich. The youngest child of his friend and neighbor, Peter Ravich, Dusty was best friends with Landreaux's 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 Landreaux's wife, Emmaline, is half-sister to Dusty's mother, Nola. Horrified at what he's done, the recovered alcoholic turns to an Ojibwe tribe tradition - the sweat lodge - for 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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062277022
Branch Call Number: ERDRI
Characteristics: 373 pages ; 24 cm

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mclarjh
Aug 11, 2017

So disappointing. A real struggle to read. Far too long, and more a young adult than adult book. Melodramatic soap opera, more popular than literary.

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kountzcl
Jul 10, 2017

I was expecting the character LaRose to be the impressive woman of that name in Erdrich's earlier novel Round House. Instead we find generations of LaRoses and all of them memorable. What an ear for teen-age chatter! The final epilogue chapter about the high school graduation party is uplifting--each character except one finds a reward, as does the reader. I also recommend Round House.

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EmilyEm
Mar 27, 2017

Erdrich’s family story starts in tragedy and foreshadows what may be more. This multi-generational story follows one gifted Native American boy named LaRose and the generations of people previous who have borne this name.

It has all the fingerprints of a classic, exceptional characters, prose and storytelling. Dense and rich—a winner.

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brangwinn
Mar 26, 2017

My favorite Erdrich story made me feel good to read it. I loved watching a strong Native American family share their son, Larose, with a neighbor family, after the accidental death of a son. I loved the strong (and the weak) characters. I loved Snow and Josette, what a remarkable pair of high school students. Erdich can blend modern reservation life with a respect for the past and make you cheer for the success of her characters, and empathize with emotions of loss and the importance of family and community.

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prgoddess
Mar 04, 2017

La Rose by Louise Erdrich is a really wonderful book. It's a story about loss and healing and forgiveness. I would recommend it!

smc_1 Jan 21, 2017

A perfect book!! Beautifully written, powerful story about 2 families torn apart after the tragic death of one of their sons, about First Nations culture, reconciliation, childhood, parenthood, loss, families. I did not want this book to end; it will stay with me for a long time.

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yontichat
Jan 06, 2017

Loved this book - it was the first book i read by this author - the story was heartbreaking - two familys with so much love - it was a beautiful book - you will love it - and i fell in love with La Rose - all of them

brianreynolds Oct 13, 2016

Erdrich chews off a very large mouthful in her attempt to draw disparate members of a North Dakota community together in LaRose. Characters with different cultures, long-standing grudges, unspeakable grievances, parent-child conflicts, and more are stirred in a cauldron of poverty, substance abuse, and prejudice. The reader is asked to believe that a young child with supernatural powers is able to effect a healing union of all parties in this classic comedy a la one of Shakespeare's clowns. It works pretty well, but in my opinion, more on the basis of a desire on the part of the reader to "make things right" at any cost rather any logic inherent in the plot.

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uncommonreader
Sep 04, 2016

Excellent. Erdrich tells a seemingly simple story of the gift of a son to a family who have lost their son as an alternative to revenge. However, this is also a multi-layered, complex novel about a community and its history revealing more universal truths.

Chapel_Hill_KrystalB Aug 15, 2016

Louise Erdrich is a serious storyteller. Reflective yet immediate, jagged yet sensitive- qualities that do not always meld naturally. And while her language is straightforward and unadorned, on the whole, her words create something splendid and rich. This one stuck with me long after the final page.

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