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LaRose

LaRose

‘It is important to say that Erdrich is one of the greatest living American writers, and LaRose is brilliant’ Guardian

‘Warm-hearted . . . a novel remarkable for its forgiveness and sheer magnanimity’ Sunday Times

Finalist for the 2016 National Books Critics Circle Award for Fiction

In this literary masterwork, Louise Erdrich, the bestselling author of The Round House and the Pulitzer Prize nominee The Plague of Doves wields 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.

Late summer in North Dakota, 1999: Landreaux Iron stalks a deer along the edge of the property bordering his own. He shoots with easy confidence but only when he staggers closer does he realise he has killed his neighbour’s son.

Dusty Ravich, the deceased boy, was best friends with Landreaux’s five-year-old son, LaRose. The two families have been close for years and their children played together despite going to different schools. Landreaux is horrified at what he’s done; fighting off his longstanding alcoholism, he ensconces himself in a sweat lodge and prays for guidance. And there he discovers an old way of delivering justice for the wrong he’s done. The next day he and his wife Emmaline deliver LaRose to the bereaved Ravich parents. Standing on the threshold of the Ravich home, they say, ‘Our son will be your son now’.

LaRose is quickly absorbed into his new family. Gradually he’s allowed visits with his birth family, whose grief for the son and brother they gave away mirrors that of the Raviches. The years pass and LaRose becomes the linchpin that links both families. As the Irons and the Raviches grow ever more entwined, their pain begins to subside. But when a man who nurses a grudge against Landreaux fixates on the idea that there was a cover-up the day Landreaux killed Dusty – and decides to expose this secret – he threatens the fragile peace between the two families…
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Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence, 2017

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 10th May 2016

Price: £9.99

ISBN-13: 9781472151889

Reviews

Electric, nimble, and perceptive, this novel is about 'the phosphorous of grief' but also, more essentially, about the emotions men need, but rarely get, from one another.
Kirkus Reviews [starred review]
Powerful and affecting, LaRose is the story of two heartbroken families and the fragile bond between them in the wake of a major loss.
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A magnificent, sorrowful tale of justice, retribution, and love
Vanity Fair
A chronicler of the continuing destruction of Native American communities, she writes beautifully about what Indian children used to learn from their parents
Herald
Edrich's prose style is hugely engaging, a lovely, tender unfurling of day-to-day concerns and emotions alongside the mystical world of seat lodges, visions and visits from long lost elders
Sunday Express
Erdrich is a poet of lists, placing like and unlike together as if they were a series of Christmas lights, each individually illuminating, each gaining luster and brilliance from its placement, the whole blazing, incandescent . . . Perhaps the most important of Erdrich's achievements is her mastery of complex forms . . . Woven into the specificity of these narratives is Erdrich's determination to speak of the most pressing human questions
New York Times
Grief and guilt and unquenchable yearning overwhelm the pages ... Erdrich has considerable powers as a writer of tragedy and comedy ... it's wonderful
Literary Review
Louise Erdrich is a literary icon, and her newest book is just as beautiful as her previous award-winners . . . Pushed forward by the deep and complex emotions that surround grief and inheritance, this novel will take you on a phenomenal ride.
Bustle.com
Louise Erdrich is the most interesting American novelist to have appeared in years
Philip Roth