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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, fourteen-year-old Joe Coutz sets out with his three friends to find the person that destroyed his family. Full description

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Language: English
Published: Harper, 2012
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  • In Round House, we are taken to the world of the reservation through the eyes of Joe. When his mother is brutally raped, Joe roams his world seeking to find a way to return his mother to the world of the living and protect her. He and his best friend Cappy come to understand what passes for justice on the reservation. On his search, we are taught the inner world of spirituality that he inhabits and the adults teach and reveal to him. From his family he learns the basis of his moral code, and a priest describes the sins that cry out to heaven for justice. Erdrich uses details to paint this world. The houses are so clearly described, we can envision ourselves walking into them. The people who live here are also vivid to our minds. Their clothing and their walks reveal themselves to the reader. These characters are diverse and open to our hearts. Erdrich builds a masterful novel which is well worth the read. When it ends, we blink our eyes startled to return to our chairs. With a major and subplot this is a story highly recommended for those interested in coming of age and Native American themed stories.
    Posted by SUMMER READING on 2013-07-18 01:11:39
  • I read this book for a book club- I found it interesting at a fundamental level as I had no idea about the law differences between Indian reservation land and American land. I had issues that the story involved 13 year old boys as in my mind they seemed to be much older. It was narrated from a the perspective of the adult- Joe - looking back at the event- in the summer- However I wanted to know more about Joe as an adult-How did this affect him years later- The climatic end saved it for me and I will look forward to book club next week for the discussion.
    Posted by SUMMER READING on 2014-06-05 10:34:43

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