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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (18,709 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Louise Erdrich Narrator: Gary Farmer Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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, 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • 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

  • “Erdrich threads a gripping mystery and multilayered portrait of a community through a deeply affecting coming-of-age novel.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “A gripping mystery with a moral twist: Revenge might be the harshest punishment, but only for the victims.”

    Entertainment Weekly (A-)

  • “A sweeping, suspenseful outing from this prizewinning, generation-spanning chronicler of her Native American people, the Ojibwe of the northern plains…A sumptuous tale.”


  • “Moving, complex, and surprisingly uplifting…Likely to be dubbed the Native American To Kill a Mockingbird.”

    Parade, Fall’s Best Books

  • “The story pulses with urgency as [Erdrich] probes the moral and legal ramifications of a terrible act of violence.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Riveting…One of Erdrich’s most suspenseful novels…It vividly portrays both the deep tragedy and crazy comedy of life.”

    BookPage (cover / feature review)

  • “A stunning and devastating tale of hate crimes and vengeance…Erdrich covers a vast spectrum of history, cruel loss, and bracing realizations. A preeminent tale in an essential American saga.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Erdrich skillfully makes Joe’s coming-of-age both universal and specific…The story is also ripe with detail about reservation life, and with her rich cast of characters, Erdrich provides flavor, humor, and depth. Joe’s relationship with his father, Bazil, a judge, has echoes of To Kill a Mockingbird.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Likely to be dubbed the Native American To Kill a Mockingbird, Louise Erdrich’s moving, complex, and surprisingly uplifting new novel tells of a boy’s coming of age in the wake of a brutal, racist attack on his mother. Drawn from real-life statistics about racially inspired attacks on our country’s reservations, this tale is forceful but never preachy, thanks in large part to Erdrich’s understated but glorious prose and her apparent belief in the redemptive power of storytelling.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • An Amazon Top 10 Book, October 2012
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Selected for the October 2012 Indie Next List
  • Winner of the 2012 National Book Award for Fiction
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • A 2012 Washington Post Notable Book
  • A 2012 Publishers Weekly Top 10 Book for Fiction
  • A 2012 Kansas City Star Top 100 Book for Fiction
  • An Amazon Top 100 Book of 2012
  • A 2012 Booklist Editors’ Choice Selection for Fiction
  • A 2012 BookPage Best Book for Fiction
  • A 2012 eMusic Best Audiobook of the Year
  • A San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller
  • Winner of a 2013 YALSA Alex Award
  • A 2012 ALA Notable Book
  • One of the 2012 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Liliana | 2/15/2014

    " This is a truly beautiful book. It is the first I read by Ms Erdrich and will certainly not be my last. With her crafty use of language and her style, Ms Erdrich takes you by the hand and leads you into Joe's world. A world which although different than mine, is still inhabited by humans who remain the basically same the whole world over. The book tackles very difficult subjects on different levels, basic reality, morality, mysticism. Her characters are totally real and no part of our human reality is left aside. I think the characters in this book will remain with me and will now form part of my book family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Snem | 2/7/2014

    " This was a really compelling story from beginning to end. I loved that the story was told through the perspective of the 13 year old son. I really liked some of he themes surrounding Native American issues and the law. Read like a good movie. There are a couple of tangents that readers might like appreciate. In general this was a really good story and I think many would enjoy it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nancy | 1/29/2014

    " Excellent. Well-written "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Molly | 1/26/2014

    " great story, good characters, love the 13-year-old boy voice, and that he became a lawyer. party scene is the best "

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