Publication Date: October 2nd
Rating: I really liked it
The Skinny: A hauntingly emotional tale
I have heard so many wonderful things about The Round House that when this blog tour came around, I was excited to read such a well-respected book. As some of you may know, The Round House was recently selected as a National Book Award Finalist. I am not usually swayed by book awards and often find that my tastes do not coincide with the tastes of esteemed literary judges, however, I know exactly why The Round House has received such praise: It is terrific.
The characters in this story are so realistically portrayed that it is easy to imagine their responses in reality. We follow Joe as he attempts to process his emotions and thoughts after his mother, Geraldine, is viciously raped. I was pulled into the story and his mother’s plight so much that I found myself wanting to push away what I was reading because it felt too real, and I did not want to feel that sad or afraid. Joe’s eagerness to help his mom and investigate the crime kept me in suspense, while his mother’s self-isolation caused a sense of hopelessness to settle within me. Erdrich wrote Geraldine in a powerful and highly emotive way, and it is impossible not to experience her pain right along with her.
Erdrich has such a unique writing style. I reread several passages and was stunned at how she chose to describe certain feelings and thoughts. In many books, authors employ stock descriptions and generic phrases to convey ideas. In The Round House, there is not a single phrase that I have read or heard before. Everything is unique, and Erdrich made the English language her own.
Be sure to check out the other blogs participating in the blog tour!
Monday, October 22nd: Unabridged Chick
Wednesday, October 24th: Oh! Paper Pages
Monday, October 29th: West Metro Mommy
Tuesday, October 30th: The Betty and Boo Chronicles
Thursday, November 1st: The Feminist Texican [Reads]
Tuesday, November 6th: Conceptual Reception
Wednesday, November 7th: Sweet Tidbits
Thursday, November 8th: Olduvai Reads
Tuesday, November 13th: In the Next Room
Monday, November 26th: Lisa’s Yarns
Tuesday, December 4th: Book Dilettante
Wednesday, December 5th: Books, Thoughts and a Few Adventures
Thursday, December 6th: Veronica MD
Tuesday, December 11th: Book Chatter
Wednesday, December 12th: Peppermint PhD
Thursday, December 13th: Broken Teepee
Friday, December 14th: Seaside Book Corner
Monday, December 17th: World’s Strongest Librarian
Louise Erdrich is the author of thirteen novels as well as volumes of poetry, short stories, children’s books, and a memoir of early motherhood. Her novel Love Medicine won the National Book Critics Circle Award. The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse was a finalist for the National Book Award. Most recently,The Plague of Doves won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Louise Erdrich lives in Minnesota and is the owner of Birchbark Books, an independent bookstore.