Monday, April 14, 2014

Book Sleuths

Louise Erdrich’s The Round House is an unforgettable coming of age story set on an Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota.  In this prize-winning novel, narrator Joe Coutz recalls his transformative 13th summer, a summer spent searching for the rapist who attacked his mother and shattered the stable life he’d always known.  Joe’s best friends Cappy, Zack and Angus join the quest, but finding the attacker is only half the battle, even for the son of a respected tribal judge.

Colorful characters like the aged Mooshu, enigmatic Father Travis and racy Aunt Sonja --a trashy trophy wife who holds sheer fascination for the boys-- give the story humanity and humor.   On the serious side the novel explores the nature of evil, the depths of loyalty, the bonds of family and the price of justice and injustice.

We’ll discuss all the angles of this mesmerizing novel at our Book Sleuths meeting Tuesday, April 22nd at 2pm at the Post Road Library.  Newcomers are welcome so please join us for a fascinating discussion.

Alicia Cavitt
Information Specialist