May 17, 2016

First Chapter: LaRose by Louise Erdrich

Bibliophile By the Sea hosts First Chapter, First Paragraph every Tuesday. Share the first paragraph(s) of your current read or book interest, with information for readers
LaRose by Louise Erdrich, published May 10, 2016 by Harper. 
contemporary tale of a tragic accident, a demand for justice, and a profound act of atonement with ancient roots in Native American culture. 

First paragraph, first chapter:
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. 
Dusty was best friends with Landreaux’s five-year-old son, LaRose.... Following an ancient means of retribution, he and wife Emmaline will give LaRose to Dusty's grieving parents. “Our son will be your son now,” they tell them. But a vengeful man begins raising trouble, hurling accusations of a cover-up the day Dusty died. (publisher)

Would you keep reading, based on the first paragraph and the book description? 


  1. I hope to get to that book soon!

  2. I Like Louise Erdrich's books. Hope to read this soon!

  3. Oh, no! Those opening lines definitely reeled me in. I've enjoyed this author....and would keep reading this one.

    Here's mine: “CLOUDS IN MY COFFEE”

  4. I already have this on my list. Can't wait to get started!

  5. I found the concept really interesting so I would keep reading I think.

  6. It's very unusual, but I'm drawn to it. Very good opener.

  7. I don't know if I could read this--too tragic!

  8. Can't wait to try this one - I love this author's style.

  9. I love her books and will be reading this one.

  10. I hope I can get to this soon


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