Why You Should Read Louise Erdrich
Since college (so many years ago), I have always been a fan of Louise Erdrich, but until the publication of her most recent book, The Round House, I had let a few of her books slip by without reading them. When my book club selected The Round House, I felt this was the perfect opportunity to get caught up. Wow! While most of Erdrich's books are complicated and require dedication and focus to plow through, The Round House, is completely accessible to your average reader. Still present is all of the cultural detail that I crave (Erdrich is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa tribe and most of her books reflect her background), but the plot and family connections of the characters in this novel were pretty straight forward. I can't recommend this book enough. While you're at it, try a few of her others. This was one of the best books of 2012.