The Round House: A Novel by Louise ErdrichThe Round House: A Novel by Louise Erdrich

The Round House: A Novel

byLouise Erdrich

Paperback | September 24, 2013

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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.

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.
Title:The Round House: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.83 inPublished:September 24, 2013Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062065254

ISBN - 13:9780062065254

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent novel This novel was good, not quite great, but an easy and quick read which kept me interested. This was a very focused storyline about Joe, his mother Geraldine, and his father, Bazil. The story starts strong, pulling you in with the information about a brutal (kind of made me sick to my stomach a little) attack on his mother, with details fed to us little by little. I thought the mystery of solving it would be a bit more complex, but it wasn't, not really. I also thought this would be about adult Joe the way it was being told but again, almost entirely from his 13-year-old point of view. This book follows Joe spending a lot of time with his friends and their struggles and victories, in their attempts to avenge his mother when they finally discover her attacker. However, not a whole lot is actually wrapped up at the end... sort of just finishes... and the climax was expected and somewhat underwhelming. I think this story could have tackled the Indigenous rights and culture issue more deeply than it did, which burned at the heart of this novel but never really caught fire. It was a good read, satisfying in most respects but not quite what I was expecting.
Date published: 2017-07-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very unexpected Great book, deals with many uncomfortable themes that people don't want to talk about, but should. Well written, and a strong story-line.
Date published: 2016-12-26

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