Saturday, December 28, 2013

Best of 2013: Favorite novel

One of the many items enjoyed by Burbank Public Library staff during 2013, recommended for your consideration:

Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction in 2012, The Round House, by Louise Erdrich, is narrated by Joe Coutts, a lawyer who grew up on an Ojibwe Reservation. Joe tells of one teenage summer when his family was devastated by a terrible crime committed against his mother. Joe's father is a lawyer and Head Judge on the reservation, and as Joe tries to find out who hurt his mother he sees how justice works differently on the reservation and in the outside world. The Round House is both a mystery and a coming-of-age story, and reviewers have rightfully likened it to To Kill a Mockingbird.

The book is a fascinating (and, in places, hilarious) look into life on a reservation. There are wonderfully vivid characterizations of the people, their complicated relationships, and how they support their neighbors and friends. In my favorite book of the year, one young boy learns there are different kinds of justice in the world.

Reviewed by Leslie R., reference librarian

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