LaRose by Louise Erdrich 371 pages

As fine a novel as Louise Erdrich has ever written, LaRose grabs its readers from page one and never lets go.  Landreaux Iron is hunting deer and accidentally shoots and kills his neighbor’s son, Dusty, who is the youngest child of his wife’s half sister.  According to Ojibwe law, Iron must hand over his youngest child, LaRose, to Dusty’s parents.  Thus begins the saga of the Iron and Ravich families.  Erdrich moves back and forth in time, beginning with the first LaRose five generations back and ending in present day North Dakota.  LaRose has well-drawn characters, and a plot with some realistically written tense moments.  I believe the author ended this novel with the possibility of a sequel.  I sure hope so.

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LaRose by Louise Erdrich 371 pages

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