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National Book Award Winner

One of the most revered novelists of our time—a brilliant chronicler of Native-American life—Louise Erdrich returns to the territory of her bestselling, Pulitzer Prize finalist The Plague of Doves with The Round House, transporting readers to the Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota. It is an exquisitely told story of a boy on the cusp of manhood who seeks justice and understanding in the wake of a terrible crime that upends and forever transforms his family.

Riveting and suspenseful, arguably the most accessible novel to date from the creator of Love Medicine, The Beet Queen, and The Bingo Palace, Erdrich’s The Round House is a page-turning masterpiece of literary fiction—at once a powerful coming-of-age story, a mystery, and a tender, moving novel of family, history, and culture.

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The Round House
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Beautiful and Haunting
July 9th, 2014
This is just a wonderful novel and I cannot wait to discuss it at book club!
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first class read
April 28th, 2013
This very talented author has won a number of prestigious awards. The novel is a rape/murder mystery told from the perspective of a 13 year old boy. Somewhat enlightening for the non-native reader about native issues it is at the same time a deft and exciting work of fiction.
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The Roundhouse was a surprisingly great read!
March 27th, 2013
I wasn't at all sure what to expect in this book, but in the end, I couldn't put it down and even learned a little about the Native American culture.
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The Round House
February 7th, 2013
An Indian child's perspective of the horrors brought towards native women. Interesting.
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The Round House by Louise Erdrich
January 21st, 2013
This is an excellent book for book clubs. There are several themes to discuss: justice, revenge, victimhood, and treatment of women all of which are universal issues but in this particular case, wrapped up in the tangled history of the Native American and their treatment by the US Government. This is especially well done as it is told from the point of view of a 13 year old son so aspects of coming of age add to the completeness of this book.
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Fascinating novel with an urgent feel of truth
January 17th, 2013
I had to get accustomed to the author's writing style, where punctuation disappears, but tdhings quickly began to flow. I loved the insights into a Native American community, and life on the reservation will never seem the same to me. Many of my stereotypes have been shattered, and I'm appalled at what I learned about the limited conrol these communities have over their own legal matters. The characters are fascinating and memorable, and the storyline intriguing and often tense. Highly recommended
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