The Round House

Louise Erdrich

fiction historical mystery
dark emotional reflective medium-paced

323 pages | first published 2012

One of the most revered novelists of our time - a brilliant chronicler of Native American life - Louise Erdrich returns to the territory of her bestselling, Pulitzer Prize finalist The Plague of Doves with The Round House, transporting readers to the Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota. It is an exquisitely told story of a boy on the cusp of manhood who seeks justice and understanding in the wake of a terrible crime that upends and forever transforms his family.

Riveting and suspenseful, arguably the most accessible novel to date from the creator of Love Medicine, The Beet Queen, and The Bingo Palace, Erdrich’s The Round House is a page-turning masterpiece of literary fiction - at once a powerful coming-of-age story, a mystery, and a tender, moving novel of family, history, and culture.

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Moods

emotional 91%
dark 75%
sad 70%
reflective 62%
tense 45%
challenging 37%
mysterious 32%
informative 27%
funny 16%
hopeful 10%
inspiring 2%

Pace

medium 54%
slow 40%
fast 5%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 66% | Character: 16% | Plot: 16%

Strong character development?

Yes: 93% | It's complicated: 6%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 68% | It's complicated: 28% | No: 4%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 93% | No: 6%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 56% | No: 24% | It's complicated: 20%

Average rating

4.04