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.
Just out in paperback, The Round House is the newest novel by my favorite author. Ive been following Ms. Erdrichs writing for nearly two decades she is to whom I turn to for characters I can recognize as full and real. This newest novel shows the magnitude of her ability for fullness and depth. Narrated by 13-year-old Joe, who becomes frustrated with the bureaucracy of the justice system after his mother is attacked on an Ojibwa reservation, begins to try to solve the crime himself. Starting with old Native American stories that have been handed down, a layered history is revealed to Joe, and the beauty and complexity of this story begins to unfold, so it reads as part mystery, part political narrative, and part spiritual quest. The Round House is so much more than a coming-of-age story; it is a novel worthy of acclaim and praise, a novel written by an author whose talent and capacity is worthy of that impossible position to land at the top of my (and soon to be yours) beloved authors list. ~ S.M.C.
In this multilayered story, Erdrich perfectly captures the voice of Joe Coutts, the 13-year-old son of the Ojibwe tribal judge and his wife, a tribal enrollment specialist. Joe's treacherous passage to manhood, fraught with the magnetism of his Ojibwe culture, the poverty of the reservation, his rich and multigenerational extended family, and the pressure of fitting in with his gang of friends, is suddenly upended when his mother is brutally raped. The intricacies of tribal law, grief, the desire for revenge, the bonds of friendship, kinship, and loyalty, and the legal limits of justice are all brilliantly presented. An outstanding book group selection.
-Darwin Ellis, Books on the Common, Ridgefield, CT
“When 13-year-old Joe's world is shattered by a horrific crime perpetrated against his mother, he seeks to right the wrong. Erdrich masterfully lets the reader experience this period in Joe's life through his eyes. His world is drawn with sure strokes, and his family and their traditions and his friends and their exploits are convincing and real. Erdrich offers a view of life on an Ojibwe reservation as alternately rich in culture and disheartening in its injustice, poverty, and disrespect. Compelling and immediate, The Round House is a mesmerizing book.”
-Jenny Lyons, The King's English, Salt Lake City, UT
About the AuthorView
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 novel The Round House won the 2012 National Book Award. She lives in Minnesota, where she owns the bookstore Birchbark Books.
Genres & SubjectsView
Native American & Aboriginal
Coming of Age
Mystery & Detective - General
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