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LaRose is beautiful and wonderful and touching and true in all the ways Louise Erdrich's books always are. In another author's hands the subject matter could be unbearably heavy—a family loses a child in a terrible accident, and another family gives up their own child to the family who has lost, in order to try to right an impossible wrong. Even though there is a traditional basis for such practice in the families' Native American culture, the results are as messy and complicated as you would guess.

For me, Erdrich's writing is so beautiful (yet somehow also totally unassuming and unpretentious), I'll line up for each new release no matter what she's writing about.

And by the way...if you haven't yet read Erdrich's 2012 novel The Round House (featured in this post), it's a similar powerhouse of heartrending themes and stunning, jaw-dropping prose.