The Round House
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When his mother is brutally attacked, the authorities on the reservation don't even seem to be able to begin investigating the crime, so 14-year-old and his friends decide they're going to investigate. This is a great book. Joe and his friends are wonderful, fully realized characters with depth, ... Read More »
A Native-American coming of age novel about family and justice.
Dark and almost painful to read, this novel is about the rape of a woman on a reservation in North Dakota, and the justice that her son (as a teenager and still as an adult) seeks for it.
When his mother, a tribal enrollment specialist living on a reservation in North Dakota, slips into an abyss of depression after being brutally attacked, fourteen-year-old Joe Coutz sets out with his three friends to find the person that destroyed his family.
When his mother, a tribal enrollment specialist living on a reservation in North Dakota, slips into an abyss of depression after being brutally attacked, 14-year-old Joe Coutz sets out with his three friends to find the person that destroyed his family.
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Joe lives on an Indian reservation in the 60's with his parents and extended family. When his mother is brutally raped by a white man, Joe's life changes forever. Since his father's authority as a judge does not extend to crimes by whites on the reservation, Joe decides to exact revenge himself. This novel was an eye-opener to the plight of Indians. In the afterward, Erdrich says that 1 in 3 Indian women are raped by whites. I enjoyed learning about Indian history and culture. Much of the dialog was amusing.
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