The Round House - Louise Erdrich

The Round House

By Louise Erdrich

  • Release Date: 2012-10-02
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4
From 1,158 Ratings


The Round House won the National Book Award for fiction.

One of the most revered novelists of our time—a brilliant chronicler of Native-American life—Louise Erdrich returns to the territory of her bestselling, Pulitzer Prize finalist The Plague of Doves with The Round House, transporting readers to the Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota. It is an exquisitely told story of a boy on the cusp of manhood who seeks justice and understanding in the wake of a terrible crime that upends and forever transforms his family.

Riveting and suspenseful, arguably the most accessible novel to date from the creator of Love Medicine, The Beet Queen, and The Bingo Palace, Erdrich’s The Round House is a page-turning masterpiece of literary fiction—at once a powerful coming-of-age story, a mystery, and a tender, moving novel of family, history, and culture.


  • Riveting

    By Flamidwyfe
    I couldn’t put this book down! The author brings you into the head space of teenage Joe and shakes you to your core.
  • 18+

    By Blade of Renown
    Inappropriate, strong language, poorly constructed, and hard to follow let alone stay interested. I had to read this book for college and I must say, this is the worst assigned book I have ever had to read.
  • So close to perfect

    By Mad_Mooly
    I'm giving this book 4 stars for the believable characters, the story line that makes you feel the potent injustices the Native American people live with, the incredibly beautiful language, and the authentic portrayals of life within a family, a community, and a self-serving government. However. The ending confuses and frustrates me greatly, as it did to the members of my book club. We all agreed that we liked the book a great deal, but felt cheated by the ending, which almost almost felt as if it belonged to another book. I still recommend you read it, but you should probably check it out at the library before buying.
  • The Round House

    By Gideon N
  • Compelling

    By Shanah Tovah
    The Round House is compelling and moving. I learned so much about the miscarriage of justice our nation has committed against Native Americans, and learned, also, about the culture of the characters. I miss them already, having finished the book, and will find myself thinking about them over the coming weeks.
  • Amazing

    By Vanessa Chalmers Rivera
    Been a long time since I read something this captivating. Louise E is a genius storyteller, unfolding details in the most creative way, engaging my attention the whole way through. Her characters in this story are lifelike and charming, I finished the story feeling like I'd made some new friends for life. Bought it as an ebook while I had the flu and read the whole thing in 3 days. Amazing!
  • The Round House

    By StelleNH
    This was recommended by a good friend and I honor her judgements on books. Loved this and had no idea of the real life tragedies of these Indian women! These are women that should have been protected and fought for. We're Americans ...all of us, Shame on us! Shame! on! us!!!!!!!
  • The round house

    By Marciav
    It was ok.
  • The Round House

    By ConstantReader2
    Hated to have it end. The emotional story made me so sad & also laugh out loud. Great characters and a realistic human story.
  • The round house

    By Swa05
    A very enjoyable read. 2 days and done. Not earth shattering, but definitely heartfelt. I really enjoyed it.