Margin Notes: LaRose
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I came into this book with sky high hopes because I really loved The Round House.
LaRose has some of the same elements that The Round House had: elements of magical realism (though not enough to throw it into that category), strong characters, interesting direct comparison between generations, an unflinching look at the impact of colonizing the US had (and continues to have) on Native Americans, dynamics on and off the reservation.
I found this book to be beautifully written. The characters are flawed but there's something about (most of) them that I found endearing. The sense of place is really strong, the dynamics between different characters were really strong and interesting. Family relationships, religion, bullying and harassment, emotional abuse, depression, physical ailments, friendship, love, revenge, and forgiveness.
What I didn't love about the book comes back to plot for me--and it was all in the last quarter of the book. I felt like this book was a long crescendo that we never hit-it started with a bang (quite literally) and then the character development and plot led me to believe there would be another peak where things came apart or together or some sort of resolution occured. It built and built and built, and then it fizzled. I'm sure that was on purpose since life rarely crescendos or has one single moment of buildup, but the ending left me unsatisfied and feeling a bit like, that's it?
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