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LaRose (2016)

de Louise Erdrich

Sèrie: Justice Trilogy (3)

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In this literary masterwork, Louise Erdrich, the bestselling 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 an emotionally haunting contemporary tale of a tragic accident, a demand for justice, and a profound act of atonement with ancient roots in Native American culture. 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 coconspirator 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. Inspiring and affecting, LaRose is a powerful exploration of loss, justice, and the reparation of the human heart, and an unforgettable, dazzling tour de force from one of America's most distinguished literary masters.… (més)
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Family Drama
  BooksInMirror | Feb 19, 2024 |
Like most of Erdrich's books, LaRose keeps a foot in two worlds, western and Ojibwe, Catholic and Midewiwin, living and dead, stoned and sober, self-destructive and healing. The book centers on the lives of two of its youngest, LaRose, whose name connects him to five generations of ancestors, and Maggie, also led to hold her family together with a wisdom far beyond her years. Her wildness is reminiscent of a young Fleur Pillager. Around these two, the lives of parents, siblings, relatives, even the Rez priest, are in various stages of fracturing and healing. There is a tremendous amount of hope by the end but it is a hope that has been hard earned. ( )
  DAGray08 | Jan 1, 2024 |
This novel has emotional heft from the start. Heartbreaking and then Erdrich explores how that tragedy changes the lives around it, where those lives weren’t necessarily straightforward beforehand.
I had previously read The Roundhouse and realised that this book is set in the same Ojibwe setting (native American), although with different main characters. Therefore although the place is worlds away from my rural British environment, Erdrich confidently creates a believable milieu for me and the characters to explore.
I love the way that the story effortlessly moves between past and present (well, around 2000), and between generations. There isn’t a neat ending, but there is a sense of resolutions, and beginnings. It is complex in a joyously organic fashion.
I thought that there were weaknesses in some characterisation, and after the initial tragedy, several times we might have had more tragic outcomes, but didn’t. But this didn’t detract from the overall arc.
In other words, it’s a good story. ( )
  CarltonC | Nov 26, 2023 |
I think this is only the second Louise Erdrich book I have read. Even though she has won so many awards for her various books, there are just so many books to be read! I think Erdrich is definitely somehow the Tournament of Books underdog -- her books are always out early -- she is always robbed! 'LaRose' wasn't even included in the Tournament! Maybe this would have been the one to take it, if it had been. 'LaRose' is a polyphonic story, mostly focusing on two families as a tragedy hits. But I love that Erdrich can balance tragedy with humor. The characters are richly defined. I would set this book on the shelf beside some other heartrending books about community/family: (most of them having the polyphonic format): 'There There' by Tommy Orange, 'Deacon King Kong' by James McBride, 'Sharks in the Time of Saviors' by Kawai Strong Washburn, 'The House of Broken Angels' by Luis Alberto Urrea, and 'The Rabbit Hutch' by Tess Gunty. That is a rough and tough shelf of books to be besides right there, so I think at this point I'm just spoiled with great books. My standards as a reader are just so unfairly high, I think. ( )
  booklove2 | Oct 12, 2023 |
A shooting accident leaves two families shattered. On one side of the reservation border, the Ravich family has lost their son. On the other side, the Irons family, a large, chaotic group, is left dealing with guilt, on the parents's part and confusion from the children. An atonement is found in sharing their youngest son, LaRose, with the Raviches.

Louise Erdrich's novel is the story of two families interlaced despite themselves, but also the history of the previous LaRoses and their place within the Irons family, and of the many members of the small Ojibwe community in North Dakota, from the priest, a veteran who has found a place there, to the hospital janitor, to the lively residents of the senior home. Erdrich weaves a rich story that manages to be both full of heart and unflinching about the hardships faced by her characters. ( )
  RidgewayGirl | Sep 28, 2023 |
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In this literary masterwork, Louise Erdrich, the bestselling 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 an emotionally haunting contemporary tale of a tragic accident, a demand for justice, and a profound act of atonement with ancient roots in Native American culture. 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 coconspirator 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. Inspiring and affecting, LaRose is a powerful exploration of loss, justice, and the reparation of the human heart, and an unforgettable, dazzling tour de force from one of America's most distinguished literary masters.

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