The Round House Background

The Round House Background

The Round House, written by Louise Erdich, was published in 2012. It is sometimes considered a thematic sequel to a previous novel, The Plague of the Doves, because both of these narratives revolve around the theme of revenge.

This novel takes place in a North Dakota Indian reservation: Joe Coutts' mother has been raped near a round house, which offers the title of this book. His mother has fallen into depression, and Joe seeks to find revenge. Joe finds $40000 dollars hidden in a doll, but his aunt steals most of the money. Linden Lark, who has been accused of being a rapist, is now released from jail, and Joe decides to murder him to protect his mother. Even though Joe shoots Linden, Linden himself doesn't die; Joe's best friend, Cappy, kills Linden.

Erdrich's violent and vengeance-filled storyline may reflect some parts of society in the present time. This writing of hers won the 2012 National Book Award for Fiction, the 2013 Minnesota Book Award, and the 2013 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.

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