The Round House

An exquisite book about a horrible subject- the attack on a reservation of a judge’s wife by a psychotic white man who knew he’d probably get away with it because of jurisdiction tangles around state, federal and county land. Told through the eyes of her son, a thirteen year old just flexing his wings by sneaking out to drink beer, ride bikes with pals, and investigate the crime on his own. Sprinkled with Indian lore, drinking and fighting, the discovery of a cash cache, first love, and target practice, but mostly just a feast of incredible writing. This is my first exposure to Louise Erdrich and I will be dipping back into her oeuvre.