In Louise Erdrich's LaRose, a terrible tragedy forces two families to resort to a form of traditional "restorative justice" in which one son must be given to replace the loss of another. Erdrich talks about this act as an attempt at restoring balance in a tight knit community where healing can take generations. LaRose, the boy offered up to restore balance, she says, is the culmination of that healing – will it work and can they live it through? It is difficult to tell as shifting invisible boundaries form between the families.
Read an excerpt from LaRose.
Louise Erdrich, novelist and poet