Title: LaRose
Authors: Erdrich, Louise
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 372
Year: 2016
Publisher: Little, Brown
Language: English
Description: When five-year-old Dusty Ravich is shot in a hunting accident, the Ravich and Iron families must find a way to deal with the tragedy on their close-knit North Dakota reservation. Following ancient Obijwe tribal traditions, five-year-old LaRose Iron is in turn 'gifted' to the Ravich family in retribution, and thus begins a journey of fragile recovery.

With its focus on contemporary Native American culture, this is a powerful, well-crafted story examining the quest for justice and restoration in a fractured community.
Categories: Fiction, Community, Contemporary, Culture/Ethnic/Racial, Morals/Ethics, Relationships, Social commentary/perspectives, Tragedy/disaster, America, 2019 Titles


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By: NGARB 001 2019-08-12 11:34:00
An interesting glimpse into Native American culture and beliefs with rich, poetic language, but confusing at times and too long. The lack of speech punctuation drove a couple of members "crazy" and a couple more didn't finish it. A challenging read.

By: WELL 142 2019-08-12 11:31:52
Group enjoyed the book although some found it sad. Good discussion.

By: MARTIN 004 2019-07-17 13:38:29
This book provoked the most extensive/sustained discussion we have had! It was engaging, well structured, well written and evocative.

By: AUCK 371 2019-06-17 14:18:38
The group found it (at times) a long, dark and difficult read, but enjoyed learning about aspects of indigenous American culture.

By: WANAK 008 2019-05-27 17:31:12
Most of our group enjoyed reading the book for different reasons - some liked the layers of different stories, others enjoyed the characters, particularly the children - and all found the elements of Native American culture interesting. However in general we found the story overly complicated, with confusing characters and timelines, and although the loose ends were tied up neatly the conclusion felt unsatisfactory and out of character.

By: THAM 005 2019-04-08 10:22:11
Very divided on this one. The positive comments included powerful, well executed, lots of different constructs (faith, morality, forgiveness, love), good descriptions and a lot packed into a small book. However others found it a struggle to read with flat characters who were difficult to empathise with. Not everyone finished it. Everyone agreed this was a challenging read.

By: CHCH 299 2019-03-28 08:37:54
LaRose tells the story of several characters living in one community. Group members found some stories compelling and others less interesting, which meant they enjoyed only parts of the book. Members who had read other books by Louise Erdrich felt it wasn't her best work.

By: AUCK 331 2019-03-06 13:36:49
We liked the dynamics and the cultural bent, but many of us disliked the writing style. Emotive and probably a great book club book, but we were not particularly impressed.

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