addressalign-toparrow-leftarrow-rightbackbellblockcalendarcameraccwcheckchevron-downchevron-leftchevron-rightchevron-small-downchevron-small-leftchevron-small-rightchevron-small-upchevron-upcircle-with-checkcircle-with-crosscircle-with-pluscrossdots-three-verticaleditemptyheartexporteye-with-lineeyefacebookfolderfullheartglobegmailgooglegroupsimageimagesinstagramlinklocation-pinm-swarmSearchmailmessagesminusmoremuplabelShape 3 + Rectangle 1outlookpersonStartprice-ribbonImported LayersImported LayersImported Layersshieldstartickettrashtriangle-downtriangle-uptwitteruseryahoo

The Round House by Louise Erdrich

(Postponed from April)

National Book Award Winner
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, who is 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.

Since this will be a potluck, if you're planning to attend, please let us know what kind of food you plan to bring (side or main dish, salad, bread, dessert, etc.) in your RSVP. I'll send you the address about a week before the meeting. Also, please feel free to bring books you no longer need for a book exchange.

Note: if you sign up and don't get an email with the location and details within the week before, please let me know at [masked]. I don't have your contact information unless you give it to me.

 

Join or login to comment.

  • Margo R.

    What a wonderful group discussion of the book! Everyone contributed such insightful comments. It was not one of my favorite novels, but it definitely contained some provocative themes that lent themselves to a wonderful exchange of views. I love our group, both for its fantastic core members and the new ones it continues to attract.

    1 · July 22, 2013

  • Bonnie

    A splendid discussion! With our core, and newer members, this group keeps getting better, and better.

    July 22, 2013

  • LAFriend

    Excellent discussion, interesting insights into the book.

    July 22, 2013

  • Chrissy

    Thanks--it was a good discussion!

    July 21, 2013

  • lauren o.

    I liked the book a lot. Great summer read. A page turner but you didn't have to think too much?

    July 21, 2013

  • Jackie

    Since I truly hated this book, I'm going to let the person on the waiting list have my spot. Have a great discussion!

    July 21, 2013

    • Elaine

      Thanks, Jackie. Hope to see you next time.

      July 21, 2013

  • Adelaide M.

    I forgot that I have theater tickets for tonight! So sorry! I'm planning to attend next month, though.

    July 21, 2013

    • Lee

      I tried to email but am not sure it went through. Can you please send me directions? Thanks so much!

      July 21, 2013

    • Elaine

      Just sent it, Lee. Please let me know if you don't get it within the next few minutes.

      July 21, 2013

  • Sarah

    I am forced to cancel as well. So disappointed. This would have been my first meeting. I'll be there for the next one though. Hope everyone has fun!

    July 21, 2013

    • Elaine

      So sorry you can't join us, but your letting us know is much appreciated. Hope you can make it next time.

      July 21, 2013

  • RUBY

    Hi. I plan to bring something sweet. See you soon.

    1 · July 21, 2013

  • Sara T.

    sorry I have to cancel, have a nasty summer cold and cough. Until next time, sara

    July 20, 2013

    • Elaine

      Feel better, Sara. Thanks for letting us know.

      July 20, 2013

  • Adelaide M.

    Guess I'll bring wine (or bread?). Or both?

    1 · July 20, 2013

  • LAFriend

    I'll bring a side dish.

    1 · July 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry had surgery and can't walk

    July 20, 2013

    • Elaine

      Please get well soon, Geraldine. Hope you can join us next time.

      July 20, 2013

  • Kristin

    Last minute out of town guests this weekend, so I have to cancel. I loved this book, so I'm very sorry to miss the discussion!

    July 16, 2013

    • Elaine

      Kristen, I could have sworn I posted a reply a few days ago, but it's not here! Anyway, just wanted to say we'll miss you, but I'm glad you liked the book and hope to see you next time. Enjoy your guests!

      July 20, 2013

  • Adelaide M.

    Please send me the location; I'm planning to attend! Also, please let me know what I can bring.

    July 20, 2013

    • Elaine

      Terrific, Adelaide! I'll send you an email. Please let me know if you don't get it. I'm sure whatever you bring will be appreciated, but you might want to look at what others say they're bringing below, for a sense of what's already covered. Looking forward to it!

      July 20, 2013

  • Chrissy

    I'll make a pavlova.

    1 · July 19, 2013

  • Elaine

    If you're planning to attend, did you get my email with the location and other details? If not, please email me directly at [masked]. Also, if you're not planning to attend, please be sure to update your RSVP, even if it's at the last minute. It's extremely helpful to know exactly who's coming (not to mention rude to be a "no-show"!). Thanks, Elaine

    July 19, 2013

  • lauren o.

    Thanks. I have a Camden address, right? Also am bringing the mimosas I missed last time!

    July 17, 2013

    • Elaine

      Mimosas sound yummy. Did you get the email with the address and other details? If not, please send me your email address and I'll send you a copy. Meetup messaging can be very flaky.

      July 18, 2013

  • Bonnie

    Yeah!
    Thanks, Elaine.
    Can't wait to see you all, again. I'll bring a quinoa salad.
    BB

    1 · July 17, 2013

  • Cheryl

    I will bring kale salad. :)

    1 · July 16, 2013

  • Miche D.

    I'll bring corn salad.

    1 · July 16, 2013

  • Lynn

    Will bring fruit salad

    1 · July 15, 2013

  • lauren o.

    Hi Elaine, I am on the waiting list. Do you just notify us when you know if there is an opening?

    July 15, 2013

    • Elaine

      Hi Lauren. The site automatically moves the next person up to the "Attending" list when there's a cancellation and sends them an email. And we ALWAYS get cancellations, especially in the last week. So looking forward to seeing you next Sunday. Which reminds me, I need to send everyone the email with the address and other details!

      July 15, 2013

  • Eunice K.

    Hate to miss again, but I got a chance to travel & I took it.

    July 3, 2013

    • Elaine

      Have a great trip! Thanks so much for letting us know.

      July 4, 2013

  • Elaine

    Hi All,
    As you can see, we have a very long waiting list for this meeting. And while I hope everyone can still make it, if you know now that you probably won't be able to, please be kind and update your RSVP.
    And to those of you on the waiting list, please hang in there; we've never had to turn anyone away yet.
    Hope everybody has a happy 4th!
    Elaine

    July 3, 2013

  • Jill

    This is a long waiting list, but I'm game!

    1 · May 19, 2013

  • Teresa

    Entree

    1 · January 15, 2013

15 went

People in this
Meetup are also in:

Sign up

Meetup members, Log in

By clicking "Sign up" or "Sign up using Facebook", you confirm that you accept our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy