WCC Book Club

Our Tuesday, November 7th selection, Louise Erdrich’s moving novel La Rose, is set in rural North Dakota where she grew up. She draws on her Native American heritage to spin her tale.  A man named Landreaux is out stalking a buck. When he shoots, he finds that he has missed the deer, but accidentally shot his neighbor and best friend’s five year old son, Dusty. This is an unthinkable tragedy! How can he forgive himself or ever be loved again? Finally, he turns to his Ojibwe Indian heritage and withdraws to the sweat lodge with his wife to pray. He abides by the Indian answer to his prayers and gives his own son, LaRose, to Dusty’s family. Erdrich masterfully relates the effects on everyone of this cursed yet blessed solution. Over time, healing begins to take place with LaRose being the glue that holds these two families together. Interspersed in this story is the haunting tale of his ancestor, a young Indian girl also named LaRose, who was forced in 1839 to live as a white woman. Through this tale Erdrich shows how her Native American characters took from the white man what could be of use while holding on to the parts of their heritage that would enable them to survive. The tale also reveals that LaRose’s healing powers came from his ancestors. Revenge enters the story when a man still festering from a previous abandonment issue with Landreaux seeks revenge. Will another tragedy take place? Join us at 4:00 pm in the Ladies’ Lounge on the 7th as Francesca DiGuglielmo leads the discussion of this masterfully told story of love, tragedy and revenge.

For December, we have chosen Amor Towles’ sparkling novel, A Gentleman in Moscow. Set in the turbulent period after the Russian Revolution, Count Alexander Rostov navigates his way around the sumptuous Metropol hotel where he is living under house arrest. The Count is the perfect gentleman whose wit, intelligence, and optimism are sure to charm you and improve your view of aristocrats. This is a book to savor.