Review: The Round House, by Louise Erdrich

Winner of the 2012 National Book Award for Fiction, this novel again visits the North Dakota reservation and characters Erdrich wrote about in her earlier novel, The Plague of Doves. This time the focus is on Joe Coutts, the thirteen year old son of Bazil and Geraldine. When his mother is brutally attacked Joe and his father Bazil must learn to live with the new reality of a much changed Geraldine. With the investigations into the crime delayed indefinitely because of conflicts over tribal and federal jurisdictions, Joe and his friends decide to take on matters for themselves. Erdrich makes the landscape and the relationships between the characters come alive. I had read her novel, The Master Butchers Singing Club, several years ago and I found that excellent also.

RATING: * * * * Very, very good

Reviewed by: kh

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