This book had such an interesting story line – A teenage boy’s (Joe) mother has been the victim of a brutal rape. His family life has been completely turned upside down. His mother refuses to talk about what happened and spends her days in a depressed and withdrawn state. It is up to Joe and his young friends to find the answers that will put his mother’s attacher behind bars.
* I thought that the setting of the story (on a North Dakota Reservation in the 1980s) was particularly interesting. I do not know much about Native American culture and thought that the author managed to convey the lifestyle of the characters through the setting extremely well.
* I loved the character of Joe. Stories told through the eyes of a young boy are compelling. The way interacts with his friends and his thoughts about his parents and justice made him a strong, believable character.
* The relationship between Joe and his father is quite touching. Whilst all of his friends are either beaten or mistreated by their parents/family, Joe’s father is affectionate and treats him like an equal (when he shows Joe the case studies trying to find the mother’s attacker).
* Overall I really enjoyed the book – I found the ending quite abrupt, you don’t find out if the family ever repaired themselves or what happened to the minor characters. However I do think that Joe & Cappy (Cappy is Joe’s best friend) killing his mother’s rapist was a fitting end.
Favourite Quote from The Round House by Louise Erdrich
– ‘The ghost was standing at the edge of the yard, I said. It looked almost like a real person. Yes, they’re out there, my father answered.’