LaRose CD by Louise Erdrich
A Novel

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New York Times Bestselling and National Book Award–Winning AuthorIn this literary masterwork, the 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 this emotionally haunting contemporary tale of a tragic accident, a demand for justice, and a profound act of atonement with ancient roots in indigenous culture 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 when the buck springs away Landreaux realizes he’s hit something else, a blur he saw as he squeezed the trigger. Only when he staggers closer does he realize he has killed his neighbor’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, sharing food, clothing, and rides into town; their children played together despite going to different schools—the Irons to one on the reservation, the Raviches to a school in nearby Pluto. 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 how to move forward: 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 Peter and Nola Ravich. 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: Nola dotes on him, keeping her suicidal thoughts at bay, while his rebellious new “sister” Maggie quickly sees in him a co-conspirator, someone to help monitor her volatile mother’s moods. 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. His elder sisters Snow and Josette take Maggie under their wing, while Maggie begins to see the Irons as kin. As the Irons and the Raviches grow ever more entwined, their pain subsides, and they slowly work their way toward healing. 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. At once inspiring and heartbreaking, 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.
 

About Louise Erdrich

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Louise Erdrich is the author of fifteen novels as well as volumes of poetry, children’s books, short stories, and a memoir of early motherhood. Her new novel, LaRose, will be published in May, 2016. Her previous novel, The Round House, won the National Book Award for Fiction. Her earlier novel, The Plague of Doves, won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and her debut novel, Love Medicine, received the National Book Critic Circle Award. For her lifetime achievement in literature, Louise Erdrich has been awarded the Library of Congress Prize in American Fiction, the prestigious PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction, and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Erdrich lives in Minnesota with her daughters and is the owner of Birchbark Books, a small independent bookstore.
 
Published May 10, 2016 by HarperAudio.
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Novelist extraordinaire Erdrich proves she is also a gifted voice actor in the audio edition of her latest novel. She reads with a soft but authoritative voice that works so well with her subject matt

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