A Novel

eBook - 2016
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Horrified when he accidentally kills his best friend's five-year-old son while hunting, Landreaux Iron gives away his own young son to his friend's family according to ancient tradition, a decision that helps both families reach a tenuous peace that is threatened by vengeful adversary.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2016.
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor


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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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