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Big Read Event: "The Round House" Book Discussion


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We’re joining all the libraries in the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System for the NEA Big Read. This year’s book is “The Round House,” by Louise Erdich. Extra copies are available to check out at Prendergast, and unlimited copies of the ebook are available on OverDrive!

Following the guest lecture by Marilyn Jemison Anderson on April 28th at 2:00pm, a librarian will lead a discussion of “The Round House” at 3:00pm.

"In the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to relive or reveal what happened, either to the police or to her husband, Bazil, and thirteen-year-old son, Joe. While his father, who is a tribal judge, endeavors to wrest justice from a situation that defies his efforts, Joe sets out to get some answers of his own. The quest takes him first to the Round House, a sacred space and place of worship for the Ojibwe. And this is only the beginning. Louise Erdrich's novel embraces tragedy, the comic, a spirit world very much present in the lives of her all-too human characters, and a tale of injustice that is, unfortunately, an authentic reflection of what happens in our own world today."