Louise Erdrich does not flinch when it comes to showing how a brutal crime can inflict damage on the reservation families closest to it in her best seller and National Book Award Winner, The Round House. Good and evil, justice and injustice, Native American myth and Catholic faith—these are the dichotomies that Erdrich examines in her novel. There are no easy answers, as Joe, the thirteen-year-old son of Geraldine and Bazil Coutts, learns at a tender age. Compelled to rectify the crime committed against his mother, Joe discovers that tribal justice may right the crime but is, in itself, an ambiguous justice. In the end, we might question the right and wrong of his act, and, at the same time, wonder why a sensitive, teenage boy wills himself to seek justice outside a moral law.
Writer, poet, and educator, Sandra Fluck graduated from U.C.L.A. with a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in English Literature. She also has a Master of Arts (Religion) from the Lancaster Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania. She has taught English Literature, Creative Writing, English Composition, and Technical Writing in colleges in California and Pennsylvania. Sandra is the creative force behind bookscover2cover.