Friday, August 11, 2017


LaRose by Louise Erdrich.  372 pages

Late one summer, Landreaux Iron is out hunting deer along the edge of the property that borders his own. He's confident in his shot, but then realizes he's hit something else: his neighbor's five year-old son, Dusty. Landreaux's own son, LaRose, has been close friends with Dusty and horrified at what he has done, Landreaux and his wife, Emmeline, turn to an Ojibwe tradition for guidance. They decide they will give LaRose to Dusty's parents, Peter and Nola.  LaRose is quickly absorbed into his new family, even as he is gradually allowed visits with his own family. As years pass, this shared relationship begins to link the two families. However, another man in the community, one with a longstanding grudge against Landreaux, is determined to raise trouble and threaten the tenuous peace between the two families.

My summary of this book feels lacking, partly because there is way more going on in this book than just the story of the boy being shared between two families.  I found this to be a complex story, and while I appreciated what the author was doing, and her writing style, the story just didn't resonate with me.  I may try reading The Round House by Erdrich and see if I like that story any better.

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