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The Round House Audiobook

The Round House: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

National Book Award, Fiction, 2012

One Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. The details of the crime are slow to surface as Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to relive or reveal what happened, either to the police or to her husband, Bazil, and 13-year-old son, Joe. In one day, Joe's life is irrevocably transformed. He tries to heal his mother, but she will not leave her bed and slips into an abyss of solitude. Increasingly alone, Joe finds himself thrust prematurely into an adult world for which he is ill prepared.

While his father, who is a tribal judge, endeavors to wrest justice from a situation that defies his efforts, Joe becomes frustrated with the official investigation and sets out with his trusted friends, Cappy, Zack, and Angus, to get some answers of his own. Their quest takes them first to the Round House, a sacred space and place of worship for the Ojibwe. And this is only the beginning.

Written with undeniable urgency, and illuminating the harsh realities of contemporary life in a community where Ojibwe and white live uneasily together, The Round House is a brilliant and entertaining novel, a masterpiece of literary fiction. Louise Erdrich embraces tragedy, the comic, a spirit world very much present in the lives of her all-too-human characters, and a tale of injustice that is, unfortunately, an authentic reflection of what happens in our own world today.

©2012 Louise Erdrich (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers

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    "a rubik's cube kind of story"

    First time author, very interesting. The author is part Chippewa who grew up in Minnesota with her Cjhippewa roots in North Dakota where this story takes place. The author went to Dartmouth as part of the first time ever co-ed class there in the 1970's when the school was introducing Native American studies. She met and married a professor in that program. They had a family, moved away, she got her Masters at John Hopkins then the marriage fell apart. She moved home to Minnesota to be close to her family and write stories with Native American themes and backgrounds. I read in the reviews of this book that it's a coming of age story and it is that. But I suspect it's more than that. Many authors write from their personal experiences. I suspect at least some of this book is a confessional and a way to heal and move forward from her own past and something for her children to learn and grow from. I invite you to research the author's background and come up with your own conclusions. I invite you to google image the author and see for yourself if you don't see a sadness in her eyes. Whatever you conclude it's a very interesting story. Enjoy

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    Karen Sabrsula Houston, TX United States 09-24-17
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    "Powerful story about the meaning of justice"

    Gary Farmer brings Luise Edrich's coming of age story to life in his solid performance.

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    Barbara Ciaffardini 09-19-17 Member Since 2015
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    This tale of moden life mixed with old tradition of the American Indian told from the viewpoint of a Youth in turmoil over the harm done to his family was brillantly written. I world highly recommend it

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    The ending caught me so off guard and seemed so abrupt that it' slightly tainted the rest of the story for me. Still well worth a listen.

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    I really needed a book that would divert my attention from my current daily viligance. This book took me away in a story filled with surprise. Highly recommend it for readers who are looking for a true story that just can't be true but explores many truths.

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    "Great story, perfectly styled narration"

    This book was chosen by my book club and is one I probably wouldn't have listened to on my own. I'm so glad I had the chance to experience The Round House. It's an excellent coming of age story with beautiful imagery, distinct characters, drama woven with humor, and told with perfect narration. I highly recommend it!

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    This is the interesting story of a Native American kid whose mom is raped by a white guy. It's got some interesting drama. It's also fun to hear about kids on the reservation cutting up and having a good time.

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    "A modern masterpiece"

    Plot, voice, characters, atmosphere, all combine to create this literary work by Erdrich. Excellent writing right to the gorgeous final lines.

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    One of the worst narrated books ever. Could not stand his slow methodical voice. He sounded like he had brain damage. Confusing story. Too many vignettes. Ended up reading the book from the beginning.

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    Very interesting story. Takes a little to get into but the story is very good and kept me interested.

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