The Round House: A Novel

by Louise Erdrich

HarperCollins | October 2, 2012 | Hardcover

The Round House: A Novel is rated 4.28571428571429 out of 5 by 7.

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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 336 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.09 in

Published: October 2, 2012

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062065246

ISBN - 13: 9780062065247

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful and Haunting This is just a wonderful novel and I cannot wait to discuss it at book club!
Date published: 2014-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from first class read This very talented author has won a number of prestigious awards. The novel is a rape-murder mystery told from the perspective of a 13 year old boy. Somewhat enlightening for the non-native reader about native issues it is at the same time a deft and exciting work of fiction.
Date published: 2013-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Roundhouse was a surprisingly great read! I wasn't at all sure what to expect in this book, but in the end, I couldn't put it down and even learned a little about the Native American culture.
Date published: 2013-03-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Round House An Indian child's perspective of the horrors brought towards native women. Interesting.
Date published: 2013-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Expertly layered read Although written by and about an American, this novel is particularly timely in light of the Idle No More movement. For non first nations readers, it provides a window into rez life that is accessible and rich. The mystery at the heart of the novel unfolds in heart breaking fashion. A deceptively easy read, I found myself musing on the subtle layers that reinforced the themes of the novel for days after I finished the book. The understated conclusion left me contemplating the cost of justice.
Date published: 2013-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Round House by Louise Erdrich This is an excellent book for book clubs. There are several themes to discuss: justice, revenge, victimhood, and treatment of women all of which are universal issues but in this particular case, wrapped up in the tangled history of the Native American and their treatment by the US Government. This is especially well done as it is told from the point of view of a 13 year old son so aspects of coming of age add to the completeness of this book.
Date published: 2013-01-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fascinating novel with an urgent feel of truth I had to get accustomed to the author's writing style, where punctuation disappears, but tdhings quickly began to flow. I loved the insights into a Native American community, and life on the reservation will never seem the same to me. Many of my stereotypes have been shattered, and I'm appalled at what I learned about the limited conrol these communities have over their own legal matters. The characters are fascinating and memorable, and the storyline intriguing and often tense. Highly recommended
Date published: 2013-01-17

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The Round House: A Novel

The Round House: A Novel

by Louise Erdrich

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 336 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.09 in

Published: October 2, 2012

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062065246

ISBN - 13: 9780062065247

About the Book

One of the most revered novelists of our time--a brilliant chronicler of Native-American life--Erdrich returns to the territory of her bestselling, Pulitzer Prize finalist "The Plague of Doves" with a story that transports readers to the Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota.

From the Publisher

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.

From the Jacket

National Book Award Winner

One Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. The details of the crime are slow to surface as Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to relive or reveal what happened, either to the police or to her husband, Bazil, and thirteen-year-old son, Joe. In one day, Joe's life is irrevocably transformed. He tries to heal his mother, but she will not leave her bed and slips into an abyss of solitude. Increasingly alone, Joe finds himself thrust prematurely into an adult world for which he is ill prepared.

While his father, who is a tribal judge, endeavors to wrest justice from a situation that defies his efforts, Joe becomes frustrated with the official investigation and sets out with his trusted friends, Cappy, Zack, and Angus, to get some answers of his own. Their quest takes them first to the Round House, a sacred space and place of worship for the Ojibwe. And this is only the beginning.

Written with undeniable urgency, and illuminating the harsh realities of contemporary life in a community where Ojibwe and white live uneasily together, The Round House is a brilliant and entertaining novel, a masterpiece of literary fiction. Louise Erdrich embraces tragedy, the comic, a spirit world very much present in the lives of her all-too-human characters, and a tale of injustice that is, unfortunately, an authentic reflection of what happens in our own world today.

About the Author

Louise Erdrich is the author of fourteen novels as well as volumes of poetry, short stories, children's books, and a memoir of early motherhood. Her novelThe Round Housewon the 2012 National Book Award. She lives in Minnesota, where she owns the bookstore Birchbark Books.

Editorial Reviews

“Poignant and surprisingly funny, it’s the acclaimed writer’s best book yet.”