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LaRose

Author: Louise Erdrich
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2016] ©2016
Series: New York Times Bestseller Fiction.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : First editionView all editions and formats
Database: WorldCat
Summary:
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  Read more...
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Title: LaRose /
Database Name: WorldCat
All Authors / Contributors: Louise Erdrich
ISBN: 9780062277022; 0062277022; 9780062277039; 0062277030; 9781472151865; 1472151860; 9781472151872; 1472151879; 9781472151858; 1472151852
Notes: Content: Two houses (1999-2000) -- Take it all (1967-1970) -- Wolfred & LaRose -- 1,000 Kills (2002-2003) -- The gathering.
Description: x, 373 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Two houses (1999-2000) -- Take it all (1967-1970) -- Wolfred & LaRose -- 1,000 Kills (2002-2003) -- The gathering.
Responsibility: Louise Erdrich.
Genre/Form: Magic realist fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Fiction.
Psychological fiction.
Year: 2016
Standard Numbers: LCCN: 2016299026
Class Descriptors: LC Class No.: PS3555.R42; Dewey No.: 813/.54
Series: New York Times Bestseller Fiction; Variation: New York Times Bestseller Fiction.
OCLC No.: 918994415

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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.
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