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Nancy's Notes - August 11, 2016

“LaRose” by Louise Erdrich, “Haunted Destiny” by Heather Graham.

        Our summer reading program is now finished. The finale was on Thursday when the children enjoyed magician Rick Brammer.  It was a lot of fun. He fooled me with every trick, I guess I have the wrong mentality for figuring out the illusions. Missy is now busy planning a back to school bash, so watch for details.
        We read, “The Round House”, last year for one of our book clubs. Now the author, Louise Erdrich, is back with, “LaRose”. It is a tale of a tragic accident, a demand for justice, and an act of atonement with ancient roots in Native American culture. It takes place in North Dakota late in the summer of 1999. Landreaux Iron stalks a deer along the edge of the property bordering his own. He shoots but when the buck springs away, Landreaux realizes he’s hit something else, a blur he saw as he squeezed the trigger. When he moves closer, he realizes he has killed a  five-year-old  boy, Dusty Ravich, The youngest child of his friend and neighbor, Peter Ravich.  Dusty was best friends with Landreaux’s five-year-old son, LaRose. The two families have always been close and their children played together despite going to different schools. Landreaux’s wife, Emmaline, is half-sister to Dusty’s mother, Nola. Horrified at what he’s done he turns to an Ojibwe tribe tradition, the sweat lodge, for guidance. Following an ancient means of retribution, he and Emmaline will give LaRose to the grieving Peter and Nola. “Our son will be your son now,” they tell them.
        The latest story in Heather Graham’s Krewe of Hunters series is “Haunted Destiny”. A historic cruise ship, a haunted ship, the Celtic American Line's Destiny, sets sail from the Port of New Orleans with a killer on board. He's known as the Archangel Killer because of the way he displays his victims in churches and how he places a different saint's medallion on each body. No one knows exactly who he is or why he's doing this. Jackson Crow, head of the FBI's Krewe of Hunters, a special unit of paranormal investigators, is assigned to the case, along with local agent Jude McCoy.
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