Linda Lark is a white woman and expert banana bread baker who works in the reservation post office. Linda was raised by Betty Wishkob in her Chippewa family after Grace and George Lark, Linda's biological parents, abandoned her because a birth defect. Betty fought hard to keep Linda after social workers tried to remove her from their family, and she helped to reshape Linda's malformed limbs and head. When Linda is an adult, Grace approaches her to manipulate her into donating her kidney to Linden, Linda’s twin brother, which shows the cruelty of all the members of her biological family. Linda, who is friends with the Coutts family, helps provide the family with information about Linden’s intentions and whereabouts. After Joe kills Linden and hides the gun under Linda’s porch, Linda takes a sick day to disassemble and hide the gun, ensuring Joe’s safety. Linda, a highly spiritual person, feels that she is constantly in the presence of another spirit as well as her own, which she believes is related to the fact that she was separated from her twin at birth. Linda’s experience with Grace and Betty implies that families are also chosen, not born into, which is one of the book’s major thematic conclusions.
Linda Lark Quotes in The Round House
The The Round House quotes below are all either spoken by Linda Lark or refer to Linda Lark . For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Harper Perennial edition of The Round House published in 2013.).
Chapter 6 Quotes
The welfare stole me from Betty and I was alone in the whiteness.
Linda Lark Character Timeline in The Round House
The timeline below shows where the character Linda Lark appears in The Round House. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Three: Justice
Chapter Six: Datalore
Chapter Nine: The Big Good-bye
Chapter Ten: Skin of Evil
...looks out the window and sees Bugger Pourier stealing his bicycle. He excuses himself from Linda’s company and catches up to Bugger, then walks beside him while Bugger rides. After a... (full context)
...sled and collect large stones. As they work, Joe tells Cappy about his conversation with Linda about Linden’s golf habits. Cappy tells Joe that they have to start putting Joe’s plan... (full context)
Chapter Eleven: The Child