A rape has been committed. But in this 2012 National Book Award winner, The Round House, author Louise Erdrich does not focus on the rapist, but on the victim, her family and on the narrator, her 13 year-old son Joe. In 1988 it’s a quiet Sunday on a North Dakota reservation, Joe and his father Bazil are bonding, pulling weeds and napping when they notice the time. “Where is your mother?” Bazil asks with an ominous tone that forecasts the family’s downward spin from the effects of the rape of Geraldine Coutts. Life for Joe is never the same. It seems his mother doesn’t even try to recover
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