June 18, 7 pm - "The Round House" by Louise Erdich

Overview


National Book Award Finalist
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.

Winner of the 2012 National Book Award for Fiction

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  • Grace

    I'm new to this group and so wish I had been present for the June meeting for Round House. I will have to read this one individually.

    August 17, 2013

  • Cindy

    I enjoyed the discussion on "The Round House" . Interesting & amicable discussion by a nice group of ladies.

    June 20, 2013

  • Linda C.

    Good discussion on an excellent book. My first meeting and am looking forward to the next!

    1 · June 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Please keep me posted for the next meeting next month, I am sorry I mistook the meeting for tomorrow night instead of this evening.

    June 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend tonight = hope to meet you all at the next meeting.

    June 18, 2013

  • Lynn L.

    Hi all. I am SOOO bummed. I am in the hospital and having my gall bladder removed tonight. I won't be there tomorrow I am super bummed as I really enjoyed this book

    Can someone lead tomorrow ? Also I need the book selection for July

    Thanks

    June 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I wish you well!

      June 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I look forward to meeting you ladies, but, unfortunately, not this month. I just had ankle surgery yesterday and don't think I'll be up to it. I look forward to next month!

    June 13, 2013

    • Lynn L.

      Take care of yourself. I will post next months meetup after Tuesdays meeting

      June 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Heal fast!

      June 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have a great evening everyone and a safe month. Hope to meet you all next month :)

    June 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't make it tonight. I was so looking forward to meeting everyone. I'm with my mom right now and she is getting chemo. I need to be with her.

    June 18, 2013

  • Karen S.

    Glad to find this group, I will read the book for July hope to attend next month.....

    June 18, 2013

  • Brandi J.

    I was so looking forward to the mtg tonight & have so enjoyed reading The Round House. I love so many quotes from the book. The book brought a lot of thoughts to the surface. I enjoy the way in which Louise Erdich brings the story and characters out. ( I also found the lack of quotations interesting.)

    Unfortunately I was stuck in the long delays from the Bay Bridge accident this a.m.so I will be working later tonite & probably won't make the commute from SF back to Walnut Creek by 7pm.

    Sorry, hope to be there in July and meet everyone.

    June 18, 2013

  • Pam B.

    Per Jane's comment below, it sounds like the July book is The Piano Tuner. We'll keep it going tomorrow, Lynn, don't worry. Hope you're recuperating well!

    June 17, 2013

  • Kathleen R. P.

    Lynn: hope you feel better soon; take the time to rest up! I am sure we can all pitch in to keep the group going!

    June 17, 2013

  • Lynn L.

    Sorry. I am in the hospital and cannot come. Can someone send me the book for next month ?

    June 17, 2013

  • Lynn Danielle S.

    Dear Friends, I will be there in spirit. I had surgery on my knee today, Monday, and navigation is too difficult. I am still reading The Round House and am enjoying it thoroughly. Thanks to whoever suggested it. Please post some of the comments I would love to hear what readers thought. See you next month hopefully.

    June 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Haven't read this book, but have read others and like this author. Looking forward to finding more about this book group.

    June 16, 2013

  • Jane B.

    As it happens, I will not be there this time because I am on a vacation trip for a week. Pity in a way. I really enjoyed The Round House. I am reading The Piano Tuner now (our July read), and I like it even better.

    June 13, 2013

  • leslie c. k.

    Excited to attend...bought, read, and enjoyed book. Just retired and looking forward to "me time" with new women. Alas, still not ready...in last phases of wedding planning and double booked that night. Next meeting?

    June 13, 2013

  • Linda C.

    Looking forward to my first meeting!

    June 12, 2013

  • Cindy

    Sorry I am not going to be able to make this - I need to work late this week. I finished the book and enjoyed parts of it. I liked how the writer described the locale and educated us on Reservation history & lore.

    1 · June 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Look forward to join. Lenora Doo

    June 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Look forward to join. Lenora Doo

    1 · June 9, 2013

  • Jane B.

    Louise Erdrich assumes the voice of an adolescent Indian boy with humor, insight, and realism.

    May 16, 2013

    • Jane B.

      The social realism of a modern reservation in North Dakota shared by Ojibwa, Chippwa, Sioux; colorful ceremonials, but not romanticized; a plot which moves toward the unraveling of a mystery; an ending like life, unexpected and open-ended. Did you find any loose nes that needed to be tied?

      June 1, 2013

  • Avery T.

    Looking forward to my first meeting!

    1 · May 26, 2013

  • Jane B.

    The title of the bannock article is Campground Deliciousness: Bannock Bread. It's a variety of fry bread (given a Scottish name). Of course, it isn't very healthy for the likes of us.

    May 20, 2013

  • Jane B.

    I'd have liked to leave you a link for a bannock recipe, to get you all started, but I couldn't figure out how to do it, so you can look up "bannock recipe" on line, if you like. A flavor to introduce the book!

    May 20, 2013

  • Jane M.

    I'm looking forward to reading the book and meeting the other women.

    May 13, 2013

  • Kathleen R. P.

    Will be there; just started the book. I am impressed with her style; great writer.

    May 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am looking forward to my first meeting! Does anyone know wheere the best place to park is?

    May 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sometimes I luck out and find a spot on the street. Otherwise I park in the Broadway Shopping Center parking structure. It's free but you do have to walk a bit to get to the Barnes and Noble.

      May 9, 2013

    • Lynn L.

      I usually park in the under ground garage of Barnes and Noble. Have been lucky each time to find a place

      May 9, 2013

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