LaRose

LaRose

Audiobook CD - 2016
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North Dakota, late summer, 1999. Landreaux Iron stalks a deer along the edge of the property bordering his own. He shoots with easy confidence -- but when the buck springs away, Landreaux realizes he's hit something else, a blur he saw as he squeezed the trigger. When he staggers closer, he realizes he has killed his neighbor's five-year-old son, Dusty Ravich. The youngest child of his friend and neighbor, Peter Ravich, Dusty was best friends with Landreaux's five-year-old son, LaRose. The two families have always been close, sharing food, clothing, and rides into town; their children played together despite going to different schools; and Landreaux's wife, Emmaline, is half sister to Dusty's mother, Nola. Horrified at what he's done, the recovered alcoholic turns to an Ojibwe tribe tradition -- the sweat lodge -- for guidance, and finds a way forward. Following an ancient means of retribution, he and Emmaline will give LaRose to the grieving Peter and Nola. Our son will be your son now, they tell them. LaRose is quickly absorbed into his new family. Plagued by thoughts of suicide, Nola dotes on him, keeping her darkness at bay. His fierce, rebellious new sister, Maggie, welcomes him as a co-conspirator who can ease her volatile mother's terrifying moods. Gradually he's allowed shared visits with his birth family, whose sorrow mirrors the Raviches' own. As the years pass, LaRose becomes the linchpin linking the Irons and the Raviches, and eventually their mutual pain begins to heal. But when a vengeful man with a long-standing grudge against Landreaux begins raising trouble, hurling accusations of a cover-up the day Dusty died, he threatens the tenuous peace that has kept these two fragile families whole.
Publisher: [New York, New York] : Harper Audio, [2016]
Edition: Unabridged
Copyright Date: ℗2016
ISBN: 9780062466631
Branch Call Number: ERDRICH L
Characteristics: 12 audio discs (14 1/2 hr.) : digital, CD audio ; 4 3/4 in
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Uniform Title: La Rose

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PrairieStar
May 03, 2018

Very good, interwoven stories through several generations which have always had a LaRose. The families are more than neighbors, the women are half-sisters who don't get along thus making this difficult situation even worse in trying to share the young LaRose between the families.

JCLMELODYK Feb 10, 2017

I listened to the audiobook and really enjoyed the author as reader. I've always like Erdrich. If you enjoy LaRose, check out The Round House too.

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kristioverly
Oct 17, 2016

I really liked this book, the overall feel of the writing and especially the author reading the book. She put so much life and feeling into reading it aloud it made the book feel intimate and special, almost magical

ArapahoeAnnaL Sep 26, 2016

Compelling characters and dialog that rings true, Native American life on a North Dakota Ojibwe reservation, gripping themes of tragedy and redemption - I can't say enough good things about this book!

Narration by the author Louise Erdrich adds sweetness and charm!

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