LaRose, authored by Louise Erdrich, breeches the ago old question; Can we sacrifice enough to make another whole?
The Iron family and the Ravich family are friends, neighbors, and family living a world apart in Ojibwa country.
After a tragic accident involving the two families the chasm widens between the Reservation life of the Irons and the white, middle class, life of the Ravichs.
In an attempt to resolve their guilt, caused by the death of Dusty Ravich, the Irons follow a traditional practice giving their own son -LaRose- to the grief stricken Ravich family.
The story that follows unearths ancient family secrets and proposes shifts in alliance; and allegiance; within each family as well as between the two families. LaRose ultimately broached the question “Is there any sacrifice I can make that would make another feel whole?”
Casey McLerran is the Literary Editor at the Black Wall Street Times. She is a Sooner State transplant from Forest Hills, NY. McLerran arrived in Oklahoma at the age of three shortly after gentrification displaced her and her family out of their home in New York. At first glance, many think they have McLerran figured out. To be frank, she’s a biracial American young woman that unapologetically embraces her half-African identity — a feminist-womanist she is. Her pen operates as her voice as well as her sword. Her accolades include the 2018 Rural Oklahoma Poetry Museum’s Oklahoma Poem Award, a business management degree, and her three beautiful children. Her objective with the Black Wall Street Times is to elevate and amplify the literary art of modern black American culture, pay tribute to African-American literary trailblazers, all while simultaneously linking and introducing children to the world of colorful American writers.