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The Round House

By Louise Erdrich & Louise Erdrich
The Round House by Louise Erdrich & Louise Erdrich digital book - Fable

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Winner of the National Book Award • Washington Post Best Book of the Year • A New York Times Notable Book

From one of the most revered novelists of our time, 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.

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 Round House is a page-turning masterpiece—at once a powerful coming-of-age story, a mystery, and a tender, moving novel of family, history, and culture.

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390 Reviews

3.5
Anxious Face with sweat“TW: Sexual assault and graphic depictions of violence. This book is a gripping thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat until the end. It deals with themes of revenge, vigilante v.s. standard justice, and the bonds of community. This book takes place on a Chippewa reservation in the late 1980’s after a crime has taken place on the reservation.”
AbuseMisogynySexual assaultViolence
“I love how Erdrich marries the serious and the absurd, the funny and the tragic, the raw with the wild. I would read this again and again She built a whole world. Loved it.”
Characters change and growDiverse charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenFunny writingOriginal writingSuspensefulUnpredictableComing of ageSexual assault
Characters change and growBeautifully writtenFast-pacedComing of ageThought-provokingRacismSexual assault
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Original writingImmersive settingComing of ageDarkHeartbreakingThought-provokingMisogynySexual assault

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