LaRose by Louise Erdrich

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I really liked this book.
One tragic mistake, and everything changes.

Landreaux Iron, married to Emmaline, lives on a North Dakota Reservation where they are friends with neighbours, Nola and Peter Ravich. Accidently, Landreaux kills Nola and Peter’s son Dusty whilst out hunting. Set from 1999 to 2003, the story follows each member of the family as they deal with the tragedy.

“Sorrow eats time. Be patient. Time eats sorrow.”

“Getting blown up happened in an instant; getting put together took the rest of your life.”

~Quotes from the book.
  • The Guardian: “There’s something approaching a plainness to Erdrich’s style but she has a way of pinning things down in words. She hops nimbly between times and between characters, allowing us to see this community and the people in it through many eyes. There are a few baggy sections – it’s not as focused as The Round House, it meanders more – but it is still a book of beauty, a hymn to people’s ability to forgive.”
  • Kirkus: “Electric, nimble, and perceptive, this novel is about “the phosphorous of grief” but also, more essentially, about the emotions men need, but rarely get, from one another. “
Other editions.

Awards: 2017 Finalist PEN Faulkner Award; 2017 Longlist Andrew Carnegie Medal for Fiction; 2016 Winner National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction

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