The Round House (P.S.)

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One Sunday in the spring of 1988, Geraldine Coutts is brutally attacked on her North Dakota reservation. At first her thirteen-year-old son, Joe, tries to heal his mother. But she will not leave her bedroom; traumatised and afraid, she simply shuts the door, shuts down, and shuts everyone out. Increasingly alone, Joe finds himself thrust prematurely into an adult world for which he is ill-prepared.
While his father, a tribal judge, endeavours to wrest justice from a situation that defies his keenest 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 leads them to the Round House, a sacred space and place of worship. And this is only the beginning.

Written with undeniable urgency, "The Round House" is a brilliant and entertaining novel, a masterpiece of literary fiction. Louise Erdrich embraces tragedy, comedy, 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.

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One Sunday in 1988, thirteen-year-old Joe Coutts learns that his mother has been the victim of a brutal attack by a man on their North Dakota reservation. Joe's mother is traumatized and afraid. She takes to her bed, and refuses to talk to anyone - including the police; meanwhile his father, a tribal judge, endeavours to wrest justice from a situation that defies his keenest efforts; and young Joe's moral and emotional landscape shifts on its child's axis. Frustrated, confused and nursing a complicated fury, Joe sets out with his best friends Cappy, Zack and Angus in search of answers that might put his mother's attacker behind bars - and set his family's world straight again. Or so he hopes. The Round House is a powerful and deeply humane story of a young boy pitched prematurely into an unjust adult world. It confirms Louise Erdrich as one of America's most distinctive contemporary novelists.

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The Round House showcases [Erdrich's] extraordinary ability to delineate the ties of love, resentment, need, duty and sympathy that bind families together...[a] powerful novel. ( New York Times)

Emotionally compelling...Joe is an incredibly endearing narrator, full of urgency and radiant candor...the story he tells transforms a sad, isolated crime into a revelation about how maturity alters our relationship with our parents, delivering us into new kinds of love and pain. ( Washington Post)

The Round House is filled with stunning language that recalls shades of Faulkner, Garcia Marquez and Toni Morrison. Deeply moving, this novel ranks among Erdrich's best work, and it is impossible to forget. ( USA Today)

A gripping mystery with a moral twist: revenge might be the harshest punishment, but only for the victims. ( Entertainment Weekly)

Erdrich threads a gripping mystery and multilayered portrait of a community through a deeply affecting coming-of-age novel. ( O, the Oprah Magazine)

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