Pulitzer Prize finalist Louise Erdrich was described as a “muscular and fearless writer” in our review of her latest novel, Shadow Tag. She also writes my favorite kind of book club books: They have lyrical prose, with characters and situations that make you think.
If you’re already a fan of Erdrich, you will be delighted to hear about her newest book, The Round House, which is out on October 2. This is part two in a trilogy that started with 2008′s The Plague of Doves, which takes place in Pluto, North Dakota. Pluto is a fictional town that was founded by whites in the late 1800s, on the edge of an Ojibwe Indian reservation. The story is about a young woman who becomes obsessed with a horrifying event in the town’s history—a murder of a white family, and the innocent Native Americans who are accused of the crime.
The Round House will continue this story, focusing on 13-year-old Joe, the son of two characters from The Plague of Doves. According to publisher Harper, it’s a “riveting, 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.”
Erdrich’s publisher has likened the vivid North Dakota Ojibwe Reservation to Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha County. Do you agree with that assessment?
Will you look for The Round House in October?