The story revolves around a tragedy that is "solved" by an Ojibwe tradition. A young boy is accidentally shot by a neighbor. To compensate the grieving family, the shooter gives them his own son of a similar age, LaRose. The story is woven through extended families on and off the reservation, and spans generations of LaRoses.
This beautiful book made me cry, wince, and laugh out loud. Its characters will remain as inner companions for a long time. Read it!