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The Round House

The Round House

A Novel

Book - 2012 | First edition
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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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, 2012
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780062065254
9780062065247
0062065246
Call Number: FICTION ERDRICH 2012
Characteristics: 321 pages ; 24 cm

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13 year-old Ojibwe Joe Coutts tries find the answers after his mother is brutally attacked and raped on the reservation, all the while trying to navigate his identity and his mother's despair and grief. Erdrich is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians.

Joe must find out who brutally attacked his mother - even if it means going outside the law.

Joe must find out who brutally attacked his mother - even if it means going outside the law.

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.

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multcolib_susannel Aug 08, 2016

Joe must find out who brutally attacked his mother - even if it means going outside the law.


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njkstl
Mar 20, 2021

Audrey recommendation.

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Sabine3
Feb 10, 2021

Well-written suspense/bildungs-roman from the First Nation's perspective. Interesting and enjoyable.

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PDBurt
Jan 09, 2021

I liked this book, except for it's ragged pages, but it was well written. I'm not one much for stories about 13 year old boys but this character sounded older, more like 15. I learned much of Ojibwe tribal culture, rituals, loyal relationships, all set up in a good 'who done it'- I liked that I got a sense of cause and effect. I wonder if he would've become an alcoholic? It could've had a better ending, but it was ok I guess as they drove into the sunset.

LPL_ShirleyB Oct 26, 2020

Among the very best books I've ever read; I laughed and I cried!
I look forward to a conversation with others who read this heartfelt thought-provoking story of Indigenous sovereignty, coming-of-age, family & community, strong Native American women coping after sexual violence, the murdered and the missing women.

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Memawrayne
Aug 27, 2020

A thought-provoking story about a Native American community. There is still some humor as the young boys/men are so connected to Star Trek-TNG.

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303dog
Jul 29, 2020

Reader did wonderful job with the many characters ranging in age, education, and attitude, most with North Dakota accents. Marvelous story that takes you to the last sentence. Great insight to reservation life and the legal restraints of tribes to prosecute outsiders when they commit crimes on reservation lands. This story combines so many things: coming of age; Native American culture and story telling; crime; mystery; every day life on the reservation; teenage angst, love and friendship. Excellent novel -- suggest listening to it rather than reading since the narrator does such a phenomenal job with characters body of book.

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kountzcl
Jun 25, 2020

I was not disappointed in the ending of this fine book--instead, the last pages swiftly knit the strands and themes together tightly.

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puddinpot33
Jun 15, 2020

Very intense story, with raw emotions and delicate topics. Was disappointed with the ending though.

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chenghailey
Mar 17, 2020

Another incredibly powerful novel by Louise Erdrich. I thought I knew where the story was going but I was pleasantly surprised by the time I finished. Erdrich crafts immensely difficult subject matter into a story which I was compelled to read - I believe this is because of her gift in story-telling. She weaves characters together, whether it is trauma or ordinary coming-of-age situations, with such skill that the reader welcomes each one with open arms and hearts. I absolutely loved this book!

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NigelEdmonds
Oct 19, 2019

Great writer. Consistently an author I like to read.

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siammarino Oct 22, 2014

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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mrsgail5756 Mar 27, 2013

“If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” -George Washington

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