LaRose, by Louise Erdrich

Find in catalogThis is a wonderful book. It is not the story that makes it wonderful. The basis of the plot is a young boy being shot accidentally by a neighbor, who has a son about the same age. As a sign of apology, the living boy is given to the grieving family who has lost a son. This proves too difficult and, in the end, the families share the living boy. What I loved is the way issues of family history, recovery, traditional values, long-standing connections and long-standing resentments are interwoven. It is like life, messy and complicated. It is not so much that we like the characters, but we have sympathy. I will read this again.

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