** The Round House by Louise Erdrich

The hero of The Round House is a teenage Native American boy whose mother has been raped in mysterious, complicated circumstances from which his parents attempt to shield him. He is resourceful, however, and attempts his own investigation of the story and is spectacularly, if dangerously successful. The world of the teenager is spectacularly rendered, from his impetuousness to his need to shield his mother.

Unfortunately, the author injects various rants against the (assuredly senseless) legal system that governs reservations when she would have been better off to let her words and her story demonstrate the problem without the righteous explanations. Feel free to skip those pages and plunge into the world of the Ojibwe.

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