Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in FictionFinalist for the 2017 PEN Faulkner AwardIn this literary masterwork, Louise Erdrich, the bestselling author of the National Book Award-winningThe Round Houseand thePulitzer PrizenomineeThe Plague of Doveswields 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 confidenceâ€”but when the buck springs away, Landreaux realizes heâ€™s hit something else, a blur he saw as he squeezed the trigger. When he staggers closer, he realizes he has killed his neighborâ€™s five-year-old son, Dusty Ravich.The youngest child of his friend and neighbor, Peter Ravich, Dusty was best friends with Landreauxâ€™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 Landreauxâ€™s wife, Emmaline, is half sister to Dustyâ€™s mother, Nola. Horrified at what heâ€™s done, the recovered alcoholic turns to an Ojibwe tribe traditionâ€”the sweat lodgeâ€”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. â€śOur son will be your son now,â€ť they tell them.LaRose is quickly absorbed into his new family. Plagued by thoughts of suicide, Nola dotes on him, keeping her darkness at bay. His fierce, rebellious new â€śsister,â€ť Maggie, welcomes him as a coconspirator who can ease her volatile motherâ€™s terrifying moods. Gradually heâ€™s allowed shared visits with his birth family, whose sorrow mirrors the Ravichesâ€™ own. As the years pass, LaRose becomes the linchpin linking the Irons and the Raviches, and eventually their mutual pain begins to heal.But when a vengeful man with a long-standing grudge against Landreaux begins raising trouble, hurling accusations of a cover-up the day Dusty died, he threatens the tenuous peace that has kept these two fragile families whole.Inspiring and affecting,LaRoseis a powerful exploration of loss, justice, and the reparation of the human heart, and an unforgettable, dazzling tour de force from one of Americaâ€™s most distinguished literary masters.