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One Book - One Community

June 17, 2023 to August 15, 2023

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Join us for the Kick-Off Event

Monday, June 26 from 6 to 7 pm

Have questions? Need more information or assistance getting a copy of the novel? Join us for a very short presentation with information about the novel, author, and resources available, followed by one-on-one assistance obtaining a copy of the novel, either a print copy, e-book or audiobook.

Final Event!
Monday, August 21 from 6 to 7 pm

Join us for a discussion of the novel. What did you think about the story? characters? Erdrich's writing style? Come share your thoughts on the novel and listen to other opinions.

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Book: LaRose

Summary from Amazon:

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction

Finalist for the PEN Faulkner Award


In this literary masterwork, Louise Erdrich, 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.

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.

Author: Louise Erdrich

from HarperCollinsPublishers: Louise Erdrich, a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, is the author of many novels as well as volumes of poetry, children’s books, and a memoir of early motherhood. Her novel The Round House won the National Book Award for Fiction. Love Medicine and LaRose received the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction. Erdrich lives in Minnesota with her daughters and is the owner of Birchbark Books, a small independent bookstore. Her most recent book, The Night Watchman, won the Pulitzer Prize. A ghost lives in her creaky old house.

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Further Resources

* Check out our Fiction, Nonfiction and YA Display of Native American history and culture,

located in the Reference area.

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