The Round House

A Novel

Erdrich, Louise

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Round House
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 : Harper, 2012
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062065247
Characteristics: 321 pages ; 24 cm


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Jan 23, 2015
  • pagetraveler rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Wow. So much of this book made me think, "wait, what?" Growing up hearing theAmerican government's side of the story, I had no idea some of the governmental regulation and legal stupidity that still persisted due to treaties and acts enacted on reservations and in tribes in this country. A beautiful story told while also enlightening me to a subculture that should not been so silenced in the histories we learn in school.

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.

Apr 15, 2014

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!

Mar 08, 2014

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.

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

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