'The Round House'
Published on Saturday, August 17, 2013 - 9:50am
When Joe Coutts, the 13-year-old American Indian narrator of Louise Erdrich's 2012 novel The Round House, discovers that his mother is missing on a lazy Sunday afternoon in the spring of 1988, he understands the strangeness of the situation, yet he also sees it as a moment that could mean something good and unexpected: "I mean nothing bad, but something. A rare occurrence. A sighting. A bingo win, though Sunday was not a bingo day and it would have been completely out of character for my mother to play. That's what I wanted, though, something out of the ordinary. Only that."
His mother reappears soon after, brutally assaulted, and Joe and his family are left to grapple with the aftermath of a violent event that none of them could have imagined. As Joe does so, conducting his own investigation into the crime, Erdrich's novel explores themes including justice and law, community and culture.
Check out The Round House -- recipient of the National Book Award for Fiction in 2012 -- and come discuss it with the Georgetown Book Club on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m. Copies are currently available at the Georgetown Neighborhood Library, and everyone is welcome!
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the library at (202) 727-0232.