Native American author Louise Erdrich — and, in my eyes, one of the greatest novelists of all time — won a well-deserved 2012 National Book Award for Fiction for her novel THE ROUND HOUSE, which has been called the Native American TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD.

“The novel showcases her [Erdrich’s] extraordinary ability to delineate the ties of love, resentment, need, duty and sympathy that bind families together…[a] powerful novel worth reading.” Michiko Kakutani, New York Times 

While THE ROUND HOUSE is still on my reading list, I have read many of Erdrich’s other novels (she’s written about a dozen), and am in awe of her writing and storytelling. Congratulations, Louise!