The Round House by Louise Erdrich – Book 40

The Round House by Louise Erdrich just won (like last week!) the National Book Award for fiction.  I had this book on my to-read list for a while, but once I heard it won a large award, I had to see what the fuss was about.

The Round House takes place in 1988 on an Native American reservation in North Dakota.  The reservation is shaken when Joe’s mother is brutally raped.  Joe and his father, a reservation judge, work to figure out who committed the crime in order to prosecute.  This is a good distraction for them, since Mom has completely checked out and spends all her time in her room with the blinds closed.

However, solving this crime is not as easy as it seems, because the story is a little more complicated.

Joe’s only thirteen, but while he and his best friends work through their teenage trials and tribulations, they also work to find answers that they will be able to live with.

The Round House was an amazing read.  The story was moving, honest, and emotional.  You were able to peek into Native American traditions, as well as some of their struggles with the U.S. government.  This is definitely a book I recommend!

Thank you to Goodreads First Reads and Harper Collins for the copy of this book!

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20 thoughts on “The Round House by Louise Erdrich – Book 40

  1. This sounds really good! I took a class on Indian history that focused primarily on the history of native peoples after the Europeans began settling in America (not what I was expecting from a class called First Peoples, let me tell you), and it was heartbreaking to learn about the suffering and horrible treatment the settlers, and even later, the government caused them. I think it would be really interesting to read a novel set on a modern reservation and get a glimpse into Indian life.

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    • The class sounds really interesting! I haven’t taken a class, but learned about certain things about the reservations and even visited a few. Louise Erdrich took the history and facts and used it to create this fictional story about Joe and his family.

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