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The Round House by Louise Erdrich
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Nov 18, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: award-winners, literary-fiction
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Teton County Library Call Bumber: F ERDRICH

Cindy W.'s Rating: 4 stars
This is a wise, tender, suspenseful coming of age story set in an Ojibwe community in North Dakota during the summer of 1988. Thirteen-year-old Joe Coutts grapples with the rendering of justice after his mother is raped, a justice that is complicated because his mother is Indian, the rapist is white and the crime takes place in the tribe’s treasured, ceremonial “round house”. Characters, settings and themes from Erdrich’s previous novels re-appear in The Round House, which is her fourteenth novel and her twenty-seventh published work. It won the National Book Award for Fiction in 2012.

Marisa's Rating: 4 stars
I had only read Louise Erdirch's "Love Medicine" previous to picking up "The Round House". I loved that Erdrich began with an idea to write about the judicial gaps between federal and Native American law when it comes to rape. Fiction can be an inspiration for change, or can highlight a current issue (for example, "To Kill a Mockingbird", and Erdrich displays this expertly.Her narrator, Joe, is looking back on the traumatic experience with the perfect voice of a 13 year old. I also appreciated how her was able to work Native American folk stories into the plot and ambiance of the novel.
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