The Round HouseBook - 2012
The Round House won the National Book Award for fiction.
One of the most revered novelists of our time--a brilliant chronicler of Native-American life--Louise Erdrich returns to the territory of her bestselling, Pulitzer Prize finalist The Plague of Doves with The Round House, transporting readers to the Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota. It is an exquisitely told story of a boy on the cusp of manhood who seeks justice and understanding in the wake of a terrible crime that upends and forever transforms his family.
Riveting and suspenseful, arguably the most accessible novel to date from the creator of Love Medicine, The Beet Queen, and The Bingo Palace, Erdrich's The Round House is a page-turning masterpiece of literary fiction--at once a powerful coming-of-age story, a mystery, and a tender, moving novel of family, history, and culture.
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As a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, a lot of Erdrich's work is centered around a semi-fictitious reservation and the generations of families who live there. In her book The Round House, she tells a bleak story about rape and trauma while delicately unraveling intricacies of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and tribal law. (more)
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LPL_ShirleyB May 03, 2021
Indigenous sovereignty, family & community, strong Native American women coping after sexual violence, the murdered and the missing women, deeply heartfelt, thought-provoking!
Erdrich is an enrolled member of the Anishinaabe Nation (also known as Ojibwa). This book won the National Book Award.
LPL_ShirleyB Mar 22, 2020
digital audiobk available via www.hoopladigital.com. Erdrich is an enrolled member of the Anishinaabe Nation (also known as Chippewa). This is primarily a story of strong Ojibwa women with peripheral mystery focus. * Note: Although not graphically depicted, a rape is an eleme... Read More »
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LPL_ShirleyB Dec 13, 2017
Read. Please note: Although not graphically depicted, a rape is an element in this story. "When his mother, a tribal enrollment specialist living on a reservation in North Dakota, slips into an abyss of depression after being brutally attacked, fourteen-year-old Joe Coutz sets out with his t... Read More »
LPL_ShirleyB Oct 26, 2020
Among the very best books I've ever read; I laughed and I cried!
I look forward to a conversation with others who read this heartfelt thought-provoking story of Indigenous sovereignty, coming-of-age, family & community, strong Native American women coping after sexual violence, the murdered... Read More »
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Joe lives on an Indian reservation in the 60's with his parents and extended family. When his mother is brutally raped by a white man, Joe's life changes forever. Since his father's authority as a judge does not extend to crimes by whites on the reservation, Joe decides to exact revenge himself. This novel was an eye-opener to the plight of Indians. In the afterward, Erdrich says that 1 in 3 Indian women are raped by whites. I enjoyed learning about Indian history and culture. Much of the dialog was amusing.
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