2013-2014 Common Book
Finding the Common Book
The Century Common Book Project is one of several initiatives on campus designed to engage students in the intellectual and social life of the Century College community.
Copies of The Round House can be purchased at the Century College Bookstore. Copies are also on reserve at the Century College Library.
A Video Introduction
The Round House - Plot Synopsis
One Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. The details of the crime are slow to surface as 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. Increasingly alone, Joe finds himself thrust prematurely into an adult world for which he is ill prepared. While his father, who is a tribal judge, endeavors to wrest justice from a situation that defies his efforts, Joe becomes frustrated with the official investigation and sets out with his trusted friends, Cappy, Zack, and Angus, to get some answers of his own. Their quest takes them first to the Round House, a sacred space and place of worship for the Ojibwe. And this is only the beginning.