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The Round House by Louise Erdrich is a dramatic novel centered around an unnamed Indigenous Reservation in North Dakota. A family in 1988 struggles to cope with a horrendous event.

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Antone "Joe" Coutts: A 13 year old Ojibwe boy, an only child of Geraldine and Bazil. Much of the novel centers on his turbulent life following the rape of his mother, including the beating of her rapist, the finding and subsequent losing of thousands of dollars, finding his aunt (by marriage) giving a lap dance to his grandfather, an attempted murder, and a fatal car accident.

Cappy: Joe's best friend. He supports Joe's plan to kill his mother's rapist and teaches him to shoot in preparation, eventually delivering the fatal shot himself.

Geraldine Coutts: The aging mother of Joe, Geraldine is violently raped by an unknown man. She falls into a deep depression and refuses to talk about the incident until external events force her hand.

Antone "Bazil" Coutts: The patriarch of the Coutts family and a Tribal judge, Bazil believes his wife was raped over a former case he presided on. Among the files he shows Joe is the adoption of a white woman. He and Joe attack Geraldine's rapist, but in the commotion he suffers a heart attack and must recover in a city hospital while the rest of the events unfold.

Uncle Whitey and Sonja: Joe's uncle and his wife. In the wake of his mother's rape, Joe starts spending more time with them, becoming very close with Sonja, a former stripper. When Joe finds a doll with $40k in a riverbed, he takes it to Sonja who eventually steals and runs away with it.

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