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The Round House

A Novel
Erdrich, Louise (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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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.
Authors: Erdrich, Louise
Title: The round house
a novel
Publisher: New York, NY :, Harper,, 2012
Edition: First edition
Characteristics: 321 pages ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Louise Erdrich
Summary: 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.
ISBN: 9780062065247
0062065246
Branch Call Number: FICTION ERDRICH 2012
Copyright Date: ©2012
Subject Headings: Indian women Crimes against Fiction Ojibwa Indians North Dakota Fiction Indian reservations Fiction Indian families Fiction Life change events Fiction
Topical Term: Indian women
Ojibwa Indians
Indian reservations
Indian families
Life change events
LCCN: 2012005381
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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.

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.

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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Aug 03, 2014
  • jrmm7 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Very nicely written. A crime novel mixed with lovely story telling. I was worried that the details of the crime would be gratuitous, however it was handled very well. Good book.

Jul 06, 2014
  • marti419 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Very good. Learned a lot about the Native Americans. The State and Local Police do not work well with Tribal Laws.

I really think my mother wrote this so i stopped reading it bridget

Apr 05, 2014
  • allbad rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Easily one of the best books I have ever read...

Apr 02, 2014
  • lilylib rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A true masterpiece!

Winner of the 2012 National Book Award for fiction, The Round House is a darkly moving coming-of-age story, beautifully and suspensefully written. On an Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota, thirteen-year-old Joe’s mother, Geraldine, is violently attacked. She immediately falls into a crippling depression, refusing to talk about what happened, hardly eating, and never leaving her upstairs bedroom. While Geraldine is suspended in a silent languishing, Joe and his father begin to piece together the details of the crime, intent on pursuing justice. But justice is complicated and doesn’t come easily, as Joe learns. For Joe, it’s a time full of serious and terrible wonder. The Round House is a powerful novel and highly recommended.

Nov 13, 2013
  • jtkretzschmar rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I'm not really sure why I didn't enjoy this book as much as I thought I would. I think it was because I was so horrified by the rampant racism and injustice that is brought upon Native America that I was sickened throughout the entire novel.

I think it was definitely worthy of its national book award, but at no point was I left with any hope whatsoever.

Oct 12, 2013
  • Freshman rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Boring. Couldn't finish the book.

Sep 17, 2013
  • akimbo2 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A devastating portrait of injustice and the impact of violence against women that is still an issue for Native Americans living on tribal land. Beautifully written and heartbreakingly sad.

Jun 20, 2013
  • mclarjh rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Didn't feel any empathy for or attachment to the characters; didn't care about the story. The author suggests this is a story about the treatment of native women, I suggest it is better read as how the cycle of violence is repeated across generations on reserves.

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Mar 27, 2013
  • mrsgail5756 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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