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Louise Erdich wins National Book Award for fiction 2012

By November 15, 2012

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Louise Erdrich, author of thirteen novels as well as books of short stories, poetry, and a memoir, won the National Book Award for fiction Wednesday night for The Round House, a novel about a Native American teenager's investigation of his mother's attack on a North Dakota reservation.

Erdrich, who is of Chippewa descent, is included in the second wave of what critic Kenneth Lincoln has termed the Native American Renaissance. Erdrich won the National Book Critics Circle Award for her first novel, Love Medicine, which explored the lives of the Chippewa of the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation.

Contenders for this year's National Book Award for fiction included Junot Díaz for This Is How You Lose Her, Dave Eggers for A Hologram for the King, and Kevin Powers for The Yellow Birds.

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