Building community, enriching curriculum, and engaging research through the shared reading of an important book—this is what Common Reading at UO is about.
Louise Erdrich (Turtle Mountain Chippewa) has long been hailed as one of the most important writers in contemporary Native fiction, and The Round House is perhaps her most brilliantly realized narrative. Told from the perspective of a young adult narrator, with a great deal of humor and warmth, the book deals directly with questions of tribal sovereignty, federal Indian policy, sexual violence, social justice and individual accountability. The novel manages to broach horrific scenes of injustice with great delicacy, modeling a discourse that tackles the most searing questions of our time with empathy and hope.
This book contains experiences of physical and sexual violence. Please take care of yourself while reading it. If you want to talk to someone for support related to these topics see https://safe.uoregon.edu/.