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LaRose

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  16,727 ratings  ·  2,481 reviews
In this literary masterwork, Louise Erdrich, the bestselling author of the National Book Award-winning 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 cultur ...more
Hardcover, 372 pages
Published May 10th 2016 by Harper
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Donna If you are a fan of Louise Erdrich , yes! She is a wonderful storyteller and if you like Native American present and past woven in you will really…moreIf you are a fan of Louise Erdrich , yes! She is a wonderful storyteller and if you like Native American present and past woven in you will really love it. I like how she keeps you posted on all the different LaRoses throughout the book. It could get confusing but she recaps things nicely to remind you who she is writing about. It is not a quick easy read but those kind of books are usually the best, in my opinion. Hope you will give it a try or at least one of her other books.(less)
Darla Jackson Most of the book is set around 1999. There are parts set in a few other time frames, since the name LaRose spans across multiple generations, and it…moreMost of the book is set around 1999. There are parts set in a few other time frames, since the name LaRose spans across multiple generations, and it tells of the other LaRoses, but it mainly focuses on the most recent one.(less)

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Will Byrnes
He was extremely adept, had started hunting small game with his grandfather at the age of seven. Landreaux took the shot with fluid confidence. When the buck popped away he realized he'd hit something else--there had been a blur the moment he squeezed the trigger. Only when he walked forward to investigate and looked down did he understand that he had killed his neighbor's son.
Louise Erdritch uses a wide palette. She draws a core event in strong lines, then brings together a diverse range of t
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Jen
May 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An accident that results in a child's death, sets the course of another child's life, LaRose. The impact to the two families and their complex and dynamic relationships that are changed. LaRose is forced into the role of healer: to help each family cope with the death of the child by being the core of each families existence. What we discover is the history of LaRoses through the generations and the power and spiritual qualities each have been endowed with.

So lavishly written with Indian folklor
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Angela M
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing

A tragic event , forever affecting two families happens in the second paragraph of the book and shapes this story, immersing the reader into the grief that is shared by them. One child is dead , one is alive , and the two families are torn apart. This sadness hangs in the air like one of those days when it's so humid it's hard to breathe. It's difficult to read at times because Erdrich makes you feel their pain. Her beautiful language takes you to the dark places where their grief has taken them
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Diane S ☔
Nov 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
From the synopsis, so this is not a spoiler, we know that there is an accident that causes the death of a child. In Native American culture this requires an act of atonement, so Landreaux Iron, the perpetrator convinces his wife Emmaline to give their young son Larose to Peter and Nola, the parents of the dead child. This act sets off a chain of events that will take years to overcome.

Mixing Native American culture with some magical realism, Indian folklore, customs and some beautiful prose is a
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Linda
Mar 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"I wonder who you are now, Nola said.
It's just me, said Peter, the same old me.
No it's not. We'll never be the same."

A miscalculated action. A misstep in the wrong direction. A side-eyed glance in one's vision.

With the last taste of summer on the horizon, Landreaux Iron steps out onto the very edges of his property in North Dakota in 1999. The majestic features of a well-muscled buck catches his eye and the automatic reflex in his trigger finger sets off a response for which there will never be
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Glenn Sumi
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Death + Depression + Drugs + Revenge + Rebirth + Renewal = Spellbinding Storytelling

In the opening pages of Louise Erdrich’s unforgettable new novel, Landreaux Iron is hunting a buck in the North Dakota forest. When he shoots, he discovers, to his horror, that he’s killed his neighbour’s five-year-old son, Dusty.

What happens then is remarkable. Landreaux and his wife Emmaline, following an old Ojibwe tradition, decide to give their own son, LaRose (who’s the same age as Dusty), to the boy’s grie
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Elyse Walters
Apr 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Landreaux Iron accidentally kills a child while out hunting a buck.
He and his wife, Emmaline, follow an old tribal tradition, and give their son, LaRose, away to the horrifically bereaved neighbor's.

Peter and Nola, are crazy, sick, in pain...emotionally, physically, spiritually ...in complete shock....faced with unbearable AGONY. Their other daughter is left hanging
to figure out her emotions alone, too. Her parents are so distraught ... they don't have it in them to help their other child grie
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Donna
Mar 23, 2016 rated it liked it
This was a difficult book to read and it was just as difficult to rate with all the good elements mingling with the not so good ones. If my expectations for this book hadn't been for it to be a 100% literary novel based on the one other book I read by this author, I might have rated it higher. In fact, I was set to give it four stars until the last quarter of the book which seemed grafted on from a different story, some family drama with shades of chic lit. I don't like using that term in a crit ...more
Candi
May 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
"We are chased by what we do to others and then in turn what they do to us. We’re always looking behind us, or worried about what comes next."

When one tragic mistake is made, it will reverberate endlessly and affect the lives of two families. How does one atone for a wrong done to another? Will sacrifice and profound pain inflicted upon oneself and loved ones make things right? After accidentally shooting a young boy while out hunting, Landreaux Iron seeks help and comfort from his Ojibwe cultur
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Michael
A story of two contemporary Native American families in North Dakota dealing with a personal tragedy and the role of one boy, LaRose, in fulfilling the healing process. Erdrich has been a favorite author for me over the years, but only with this do I feel the urge to use the “M” word for description: a masterpiece. It’s that good for story-telling, character development, and resonating across time to elucidate our current challenge of how to live with the historical trauma experienced by Native ...more
Cheri
Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-book, 2016

LaRose is a persistently bleak, dismal, gloomy, depressing novel. Unrelenting in the examination of multiple people with multiple emotional scars obtained, given, earned or not, earned through life. This book is not for the faint of heart.

If a man destroys his neighbor’s property, most laws would demand some type of in-kind restitution. Damage a car or a fence and replace or repair it. These are fairly easy to grasp, we’ve all grown up with some variation of this, even if it is covered by insura
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Phrynne
Nov 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was so good I genuinely did not want it to end. If Louise Erdrich were to continue the story into another book I would be a very happy reader indeed:)

This was my first book by this author and I have not yet looked to see what else she has written, but I definitely will follow her up. I enjoyed all of her characters, especially all of the children. LaRose was very special and for some reason I also had a soft spot for Hollis. I loved the references to the indigenous culture and beliefs
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Ron Charles
Feb 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Louise Erdrich’s new novel, “LaRose,” begins with the elemental gravitas of an ancient story: One day while hunting, a man accidentally kills his neighbor’s 5-year-old son.

Such a canyon of grief triggers the kind of emotional vertigo that would make anyone recoil. But you can lean on Erdrich, who has been bringing her healing insight to devastating tragedies for more than 30 years. Where other writers might have jumped from this boy’s death into a black hole of despair — or, worse, slathered on
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Zoeytron
Jun 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: public-library
It's all about grief. The loss of a beloved family member. The failure of a broken heart to mend. The ways we try to compensate for damage done, words left unsaid, deeds that cannot be undone. It's all in here. Heartbreaking and lovely.
Liz
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-clubs

What a sorrowful tale! An accident results in the death of a five year old boy. Basing their decision on an old Indian tradition of atonement, the man who caused the death gives his five year old to the grieving parents.

The story relies on various religious beliefs, both Ojibwe and Catholic. While the story reflects a desire for revenge among various people, in the end it’s about healing and forgiveness.

Such a dark story, filled with grief and depression, with pure raw emotion. There is just s
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Doug Bradshaw
Jun 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Louise Erdich is a great writer and I enjoyed 3 of her other books a lot. However, as much as I hate to say it because so many of my goodreads friends seemed to love the book, I found it to be a bit tedious and I didn't find much meat or excitement in the overall story. The best part of the book for me was the story of the original LaRose, five generations back. But the contemporary offspring just seemed to me to be overly realistic; recovering alcoholics, petty jealous people, minimal depth and ...more
Barbara
May 21, 2016 rated it really liked it

Landreaux Iron, a North Dakota Ojibwe Indian, is happily married to Emmaline and raising five children - including the 'adopted' son of his childhood friend Romeo. One day Landreaux - a former alcohol and drug user - is hunting, and accidently kills Dusty, the 5-year-old son of his neighbors Peter and Nola Ravich.

The Ravichs are devastated and Landreaux and Emmaline - hewing to an old Indian custom - make the overwhelmingly heartbreaking decision to give the grieving couple their own young son,
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Debbie "DJ"
May 29, 2016 rated it liked it
I'm having a hard time rating this one as there were times I was fully engaged, the writing beautiful, yet others when it meandered, and I found myself disinterested. Louise Eldridge certainly has a style of writing that is uniquely her own. Her depiction of Native American traditions and culture are unlike any other.

The beginning had me all in as a man accidentally shoots and kills his neighbors 5 year old son. He atones for this by giving the family his own son...LaRose. LaRose is one of five
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Marilyn C.
May 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
La Rose is a captivating and emotional story that takes you into the culture and beliefs of the Ojibwe Tribe of North Dakota. The prose is slow and thoughtful, which gives the reader a sense of getting to know the many characters in this book which spans many generations, starting with the first La Rose in 1839. It's ultimately a story about devastating loss, remorse, revenge and forgiveness within a family.

This has been a difficult book for me to rate, going between 4 or 5 stars. I felt there
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Snotchocheez
May 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Few contemporary fiction authors are able to capture the Native American experience as eloquently, if raggedly, as Louise Erdrich. When she's "on", her prose soars heavenward, eagle-like, providing an aerie-d panorama of rez life. Occasionally though, her gauzy observations, while often gorgeous, serve to obfuscate rather to clarify, like a sweat house experience gone awry.

LaRose encapsulates everything I love (and everything I'm less enamored with) about Ms. Erdrich's stylizing. The tragic se
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LeAnne
Jan 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Game over. Life is too short to force 15 hours of a laboriously tedious, if beautifully written, multi-multi-multi generational audiobook into your brain. Ive read two Erdrich books before and knew the Ojibwe mysticism would show up along with a massive, interwoven family tree of stories. I tolerated the out of body experiences and the disembodied head of an evil, murdered man which rolled around chasing the original LaRose and her husband to be.

Was this gorgeous and heart wrenching? You betcha
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Sara
Not a spoiler, because it occurs in the first chapter of this book--Landreau Iron is hunting, stalking a deer, and accidentally kills his neighbor’s 5-year old son, Dusty. To atone for his role in the accident, Landreau resorts to “the old ways” and gives to his neighbor’s family his own son. The premise of this book, that a man can atone for his accidental killing of a child by giving to the victim’s family his own 5-year old boy, is a difficult idea to process. My initial reaction was that thi ...more
Camie
Jun 30, 2016 rated it liked it
In a North Dakota reservation hunting accident one families father accidently kills the son of his neighbor's family , and by invoking an ancient tribal law turn over their own 5 year old son Larose to be raised by them as retribution. Parts of this book are beautifully written in prose and with insightful knowledge of ancient Indian traditions which Louise Erdrich is famous for writing about. There are quite a few characters in here and an array of subjects from 9/11 politics , Father Travis a ...more
Amanda
Oct 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

I love the way Louise Erdrich weaves old-time Indian folklore into her stories. This was fantastic.

The death of a child is probably the worst thing a family can go through. In this case the child's death dramatically alters 2 families and their relationships. I really enjoyed the side story about the sisters and how they coped at a reservation high school. I especially liked Maggie.

Erdrich's writing is spectacular in this. Her descriptions of the land and also the characters was great.
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Robin
Oct 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeoning of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years,
Finds, and shall find me, unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the ca
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Jill
May 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-2016
It is a rare book that can create unbearable tension right from the very first pages. But from the start, it’s obvious that Louise Erdrich is in full charge of her narrative. “When the buck popped away he realized he’d hit something else—there had been a blur the moment he squeezed the trigger. Only when he walked forward to investigate and looked down did he understand that he has killed his neighbor’s son.”

Landreaux Iron, an Ojibwe man, a loving husband and father, and a recovering alcoholic,
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Mary
Jun 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, 2016
Sometimes – because of your family, your background, your town, your status, your temperament, your father, your mother - there’s no way to win in life. Sometimes too much has been taken from you. And now this empty, pointless life. Your wife stops loving you. The only friend you’ve ever had turns his back on you. Your little brother dies. This hopelessness and heaviness was captured so well by Erdrich. I don’t think I’ve ever before read such an accurate portrayal of how deeply unsafe and wide- ...more
Liz
Feb 24, 2016 rated it liked it
I’d been anticipating reading LaRose since I first saw saw it on a list of coming-soon recommendations, and the wait to get it from my library seemed interminable. I’ve seen some great reviews but I have to be honest and tell you that I wasn’t as enamored of it as I would have liked. To my mind there are two conflicting aspects when considering this book: the writing (lovely) and the story (mediocre).

Let’s start with the good stuff. I really enjoyed Louise Erdich’s style, her ability to blend t
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Jan-Maat
Wow, ok, that was not what I was expecting, I imagined a story that starts with a man out hunting and then in the style of the Hunting Song, fatally shooting his nephew who happens to have deer coloured hair and be wearing a deer coloured t-shirt to develop in far darker directions, but this is like The Winter's Tale a story of family reconciliation (but without statues coming to life or the return of daughters abandoned on the coast of Bohemia), perhaps stronger, it is a book about the construc ...more
Suzy
A powerful story about Ojibwe culture, both modern and historical, told through the lens of two neighboring families living through the aftermath of tragedy. The accidental killing of the child of one of these families by the husband in the other triggers the best and worst of human nature - grief, compassion, blame, anger, revenge, caring, faith, betrayal, addiction/recovery, hope for the future. The people who populate this book wrestle with the darkness, hoping to create a space for the light ...more
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Karen Louise Erdrich is a American author of novels, poetry, and children's books. Her father is German American and mother is half Ojibwe and half French American. She is an enrolled member of the Anishinaabe nation (also known as Chippewa). She is widely acclaimed as one of the most significant Native writers of the second wave of what critic Kenneth Lincoln has called the Native American Renais ...more
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