THE ROUND HOUSE

louiseerdrichLOUISE EDRICH

Round House begins the brutal beating, rape and attempted murder of Joe Coutts’ mother. They live on a remote Indian reservation deep in rural North Dakota with Joe’s father, a tribal judge. Joe looses his mother at 13 years old to a deep depression. The rapist is identified but tribal courts cannot try white people and the justice system off reserve has little interest in an Indian woman who has been raped. As Joe comes to the realisation that his father, a tribal judge, can do nothing – “All you catch are drunks and hot dog thieves” – he resolves to track down the perpetrator himself. The relationship Joe has with his childhood friends is a highlight of the story as well as the background culture of the Chippewa people.

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2 thoughts on “THE ROUND HOUSE

  1. We all have lots of books on that list. She also has a new one that sounds very interesting. The name escapes me but I’ve ordered it as well.

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