Book Club discusses ‘The Round House’

Dec 04, 2013

Thomaston — Thomaston Public Library's Intergenerational Book Club will discuss “The Round House” by Louise Erdrich Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 2:30 p.m. The library is located in the Thomaston Academy building at 60 Main St./Route 1.

“The Round House,” a Washington Post Best Book and New York Times Book of the Year, won the 2012 National Book Award for Fiction. It begins one Sunday in the spring of 1988. A woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. The details of the crime are slow to surface as Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to re-live or reveal what happened, either to the police or to her husband, Bazil, and 13-year-old son, Joe.

In one day, Joe's life is irrevocably transformed. He tries to heal his mother, but she will not leave her bed and slips into a solitary abyss. Increasingly alone, Joe finds himself thrust prematurely into an adult world for which he is ill prepared.

While his father, a tribal judge, endeavors to wrest justice from a situation that defies his efforts, Joe becomes frustrated with the official investigation and sets out with his trusted friends Cappy, Zack and Angus 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.

On the third Tuesday of each month, the Intergenerational Book Club, a group of men and women of all ages, comes together to share their opinions and ideas about the book selection. Extra copies of the books are purchased by Friends of the Thomaston Public Library from the Annual Appeal funds; donations are appreciated. All are welcome to attend. Those who live in Thomaston who would like to attend but need a ride are encouraged to call the library at 354-2453 the week before the club meets.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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