Overbooked met in November to discuss the
National Book Award winning title The Round House by Louise Erdrich.
Told in first person perspective by Joe Coutts, the story centers around the
assault his mother suffered when he was 13 years old and the ensuing
investigation that pulls in several members of the community who reside on an
Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota. Growing frustrated with the abysmal
investigation into his mother’s case, Joe sets out with the aid of his friends
to seek justice on her behalf and learns too late that some actions lead to
Some members initially admitted to being lost at different points in the story due to the scattered dialogue. Other members however believed that may have been intentional as it was reminiscent of the fractured thoughts of a 13 year old boy being retold by his adult self. Yet members all agreed on the profoundery of Erdrich’s writing with members reading aloud passages that resonated with them. This was a novel that members stated is a deeply thought provoking work of literature for anyone that appreciates this genre of books and that greatly benefits from group discussions. The Overbookers all expressed interest in reading more of this author’s work for future book discussions.
The Round House received an overall positive response, averaging a 4 out of