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

The Round House: A Novel

byLouise Erdrich

Paperback | October 10, 2017

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Winner of the 2012 National Book Award, Louise Erdrich’s masterful novel is now available in a limited Olive Edition.

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 because 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, 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.

“The novel showcases her extraordinary ability to delineate the ties of love, resentment, need, duty and sympathy that bind families together…a powerful novel.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              --New York Times




Louise Erdrich is the author of fifteen novels as well as volumes of poetry, children’s books, short stories, and a memoir of early motherhood. For her lifetime achievement in literature, Louise Erdrich has been awarded the Library of Congress Prize in American Fiction, the prestigious PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American ...
Title:The Round House: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 7.12 × 4.5 × 1.04 inPublished:October 10, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062357271

ISBN - 13:9780062357274

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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

Editorial Reviews

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