8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m., Zoom webinar link »
Please join Dean Elizabeth Kronk Warner for her monthly dean’s book review. The book to be reviewed will be, The Round House by Louise Erdrich. This book was selected because November is Native American Heritage Month.
The Round House won the National Book Award for fiction. Louise Erdrich is one of the most revered novelists of our time—a brilliant chronicler of Native-American life.
One Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman from the Chippewa (Ojibwa) nation living on the reservation in North Dakota is attacked. The details of the crime are slow to surface because the woman is traumatized and reluctant to relive or reveal what happened, either to the police or to her husband and thirteen-year-old son. In one day, her thirteen-year-old son’s life is irrevocably transformed. He tries to heal his mother, but she will not leave her bed and slips into an abyss of solitude. Increasingly alone, her son finds himself thrust prematurely into an adult world for which he is ill prepared. The father, a tribal judge, endeavors to wrest justice from a situation that defies his efforts, through a tangle of laws governing Indian reservations his efforts and ability to govern and carry out justice are nearly impossible. Their son becomes frustrated with the official investigation and sets out with his trusted friends to get some answers of his own. Their quest takes them first to the Round House, a sacred space and place of worship for the Ojibwe. And this is only the beginning of what is to follow for the family.
The book may be purchased or downloaded to your Kindle or Nook. It is not required that you purchase or read the book to participate in this book review.
1-hour CLE credit (pending). Free and open to the public.
Sarah Deer, J.D., University Distinguished Professor of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies School of Public Affairs and Administration, University of Kansas
Judge Clark Waddoups, Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Utah