Louise Erdrich, author of The Round House, on tour October/November 2012

Posted By on October 17, 2012

About The Round House

The Round House has just been named a National Book Award Finalist!

• Hardcover: 336 pages
• Publisher: Harper (October 2, 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 thirteen-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.

About Louise Erdrich

Louise Erdrich is the author of thirteen novels as well as volumes of poetry, short stories, children’s books, and a memoir of early motherhood. Her novel Love Medicine won the National Book Critics Circle Award. The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse was a finalist for the National Book Award. Most recently,The Plague of Doves won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Louise Erdrich lives in Minnesota and is the owner of Birchbark Books, an independent bookstore.

Louise’s Tour Stops

Monday, October 22nd: Unabridged Chick

Wednesday, October 24th: Oh! Paper Pages

Monday, October 29th: West Metro Mommy

Thursday, November 1st: The Feminist Texican [Reads]

Tuesday, November 6th: Conceptual Reception

Wednesday, November 7th: Sweet Tidbits

Thursday, November 8th: Olduvai Reads

Tuesday, November 13th: In the Next Room

Monday, November 19th: The Betty and Boo Chronicles

Monday, November 26th: Lisa’s Yarns

Tuesday, December 4th: Book Dilettante

Wednesday, December 5th: Books, Thoughts and a Few Adventures

Thursday, December 6th: Veronica MD

Tuesday, December 11th: Book Chatter

Wednesday, December 12th: Peppermint PhD

Thursday, December 13th: Broken Teepee

Monday, December 17th: World’s Strongest Librarian

Wednesday, December 26th: Seaside Book Corner


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