Set at the very end of the last century, the novel follows the fate of LaRose, a young boy, whose life is transformed when his father shoots and kills a neighbour's son whilst hunting deer.
LaRose explores justice, retribution, and the reparation of the human heart. An unforgettable, dazzling tour de force from one of America's foremost literary talents.
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...
About the Author
Louise Erdrich is the author of fourteen novels as well as volumes of poetry, short stories, children's books, and a memoir of early motherhood. Erdrich's first novel, The Plague of Doves, was a Pulitzer Prize Finalist. The second, The Round House, won The National Book Award, the 2014 PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction and the 2015 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction. She lives in Minnesota, where she owns the bookstore Birchbark Books.