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August 28, 2013




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 trust prematurely  into an adult world for which he is ill prepared.

While his father, who is a tribal judge, endeavours 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.

Louise Edrich is the most interesting American novelist to have appeared in years.

Louise is the author of thirteen novels as well as volumes of poetry short stories, children’s books.


Louise Erdrich has written The Round House on a harrowing subject enormously well. Louise is very a very gifted storyteller. I can see why Louise has the National Book Award. Louise is one of the most interesting American novelist I have come across.
The Coutts family live on a reservation in North Dakota. Joe coutts is just thirteen years old he is the narrator throughout The Round House. His father is a tribal judge. In 1988 Joe’s mother Geraldine is brutality raped near the round house. As Geraldine is traumatized she takes to her bed, where Joe’s father has to cook for them. I highly recommend readers to read The Round House. I believe this is the novel everyone will be talking about. Every reader will feel such compassion for the Coutts family.

Happy reading to all readers

My review is on Goodreads and Waterstones

Published 24th September 2013

Published by Corsair.


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