One Sunday in 1988, thirteen-year-old Joe Coutts learns that his mother has been the victim of a brutal attack by a man on their North Dakota reservation. Joe's mother is traumatized and afraid. She takes to her bed, and refuses to talk to anyone - including the police; meanwhile his father, a tribal judge, endeavours to wrest justice from a ...
One Sunday in 1988, thirteen-year-old Joe Coutts learns that his mother has been the victim of a brutal attack by a man on their North Dakota reservation. Joe's mother is traumatized and afraid. She takes to her bed, and refuses to talk to anyone - including the police; meanwhile his father, a tribal judge, endeavours to wrest justice from a situation that defies his keenest efforts; and young Joe's moral and emotional landscape shifts on its child's axis. Frustrated, confused and nursing a complicated fury, Joe sets out with his best friends Cappy, Zack and Angus in search of answers that might put his mother's attacker behind bars - and set his family's world straight again. Or so he hopes. The Round House is a powerful and deeply humane story of a young boy pitched prematurely into an unjust adult world. It confirms Louise Erdrich as one of America's most distinctive contemporary novelists.
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Miss Erdrich explores the problem of rape on reservations. one in five women in America are raped acording to CBS this week. one in three women are raped on resevations according to Erdrich. This book portrays the unresolved feelings of a rape victim whose spirit is broken and the tragic ending involving her son. This book will help Native American women as well as all women who are raped in America to know that there is an answer, not the one that happened in this book.
the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act of 1993 is now before the US Senate.. I have already called my senator in Missouri in support of the vote this next week in the US Senate. This is Erdrich's magnum opus. Read it. The story will open men's eyes especially.
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