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In this darkly comic short story collection, Sherman Alexie, a Spokane/Coeur d'Alene Indian, brilliantly weaves memory, fantasy, and stark realism to paint a complex, grimly ironic portrait of life in and around the Spoke Indian Reservation. These 22 interlinked tales are narrated by characters raised on humiliation and government-issue cheese, and yet are filled with passion and affection, myth and dream. There is Victor, who as a nine-year-old crawled between his unconscious parents hoping that the alcohol seeping through their skins might help him sleep. Thomas Builds-the-Fire, who tells his stories long after people stop listening, and Jimmy Many Horses, dying of cancer, who writes letters on stationary that reads "From the Death Bed of James Many Horses III," even though he actually writes them on his kitchen table. Against a backdrop of alcohol, car accidents, laughter, and basketball, Alexie depicts the distances between Indians and whites, reservation Indians and urban Indians, men and women, and most poetically, between modern Indians and the traditions of the past.

Review:

"Alexie writes with grit and lyricism that perfectly capture the absurdity of a proud, dignified people living in the squalor, struggling to survive in a society they disdain. Highly recommended for all fiction collections." Dan Bogie, Library Journal

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"With wrenching pain and wry humor, the talented Alexie...presents contemporary life on the Spokane Indian Reservation through 22 linked stories....Irony, grim humor, and forgiveness help characters transcend pain, anger and loss while the same qualities make it possible to read Alexie's fiction without succumbing to hopelessness." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"These spare, disturbing stories trace with stark, lyric power the experience of American Indians in the modern world." New York Times Book Review

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"Stunning and compelling. Alexie is a visionary and by far the best writer I've seen published in recent years." Talk of the Town, Washington

Review:

"Alexie blends an almost despairing social realism with jolting flashes of visionary fantasy and a quirky sense of gallows humor." The Bloomsbury Review

Review:

"Twenty-two extremely fine short stories, all set on or around the Spokane reservation in Washington state." Publishers Weekly

Synopsis:

Sherman Alexie's critically celebrated first collection, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven established its author as one of Americas most important and provocative voices. Vividly weaving memory, fantasy, and stark reality to paint a portrait of life in and around the Spokane Indian reservation, this book introduces some of Alexie's most beloved characters who inhabit his distinctive landscape. There is Thomas Builds-the-Fire, the storyteller who no one seems to listen to, and his compatriot — and sometimes not-so-great friend — Victor, the basketball hero who turned into a recovering alcoholic. Now with two new stories and an introduction from Alexie, these twenty-four interlinked tales are narrated by characters raised on humiliation and government-issue cheese, and yet filled with passion and affection, myth and charm. Against a backdrop of alcohol, car accidents, laughter, and basketball, Alexie depicts the distances between Indians and whites, reservation Indians and urban Indians, men and women, and most poetically, modern Indians and the traditions of the past.

Synopsis:

When it was first published in 1993, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven established Sherman Alexie as a stunning new talent of American letters. The basis for the award-winning movie Smoke Signals, it remains one of his most beloved and widely praised books. In this darkly comic collection, Alexie brilliantly weaves memory, fantasy, and stark realism to paint a complex, grimly ironic portrait of life in and around the Spokane Indian Reservation. These twenty-two interlinked tales are narrated by characters raised on humiliation and government-issue cheese, and yet are filled with passion and affection, myth and dream. Against a backdrop of alcohol, car accidents, laughter, and basketball, Alexie depicts the distances between Indians and whites, reservation Indians and urban Indians, men and women, and, most poetically, modern Indians and the traditions of the past.

About the Author

Sherman Alexie is the winner of the Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction from the PEN/Faulkner Foundation. In addition to his film credits on the Sundance award-winning Smoke Signals, Sherman Alexie wrote and directed The Business of Fancydancing.

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dawn betts-green, August 10, 2007 (view all comments by dawn betts-green)
Sherman Alexie's books are always fabulous, and this one is no exception. The stories in this collection are some of the best ever written, and I'll soon need a new copy because mine is falling completely apart.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780802141675
Author:
Alexie, Sherman
Publisher:
Grove Press
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Washington (state)
Subject:
Spokane Indians.
Subject:
FICTION / Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Subject:
Native American Studies
Subject:
Autobiographical fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20050208
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
825x550

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Product details 272 pages Grove Press - English 9780802141675 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Alexie writes with grit and lyricism that perfectly capture the absurdity of a proud, dignified people living in the squalor, struggling to survive in a society they disdain. Highly recommended for all fiction collections."
"Review" by , "With wrenching pain and wry humor, the talented Alexie...presents contemporary life on the Spokane Indian Reservation through 22 linked stories....Irony, grim humor, and forgiveness help characters transcend pain, anger and loss while the same qualities make it possible to read Alexie's fiction without succumbing to hopelessness."
"Review" by , "These spare, disturbing stories trace with stark, lyric power the experience of American Indians in the modern world."
"Review" by , "Stunning and compelling. Alexie is a visionary and by far the best writer I've seen published in recent years."
"Review" by , "Alexie blends an almost despairing social realism with jolting flashes of visionary fantasy and a quirky sense of gallows humor."
"Review" by , "Twenty-two extremely fine short stories, all set on or around the Spokane reservation in Washington state."
"Synopsis" by , Sherman Alexie's critically celebrated first collection, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven established its author as one of Americas most important and provocative voices. Vividly weaving memory, fantasy, and stark reality to paint a portrait of life in and around the Spokane Indian reservation, this book introduces some of Alexie's most beloved characters who inhabit his distinctive landscape. There is Thomas Builds-the-Fire, the storyteller who no one seems to listen to, and his compatriot — and sometimes not-so-great friend — Victor, the basketball hero who turned into a recovering alcoholic. Now with two new stories and an introduction from Alexie, these twenty-four interlinked tales are narrated by characters raised on humiliation and government-issue cheese, and yet filled with passion and affection, myth and charm. Against a backdrop of alcohol, car accidents, laughter, and basketball, Alexie depicts the distances between Indians and whites, reservation Indians and urban Indians, men and women, and most poetically, modern Indians and the traditions of the past.
"Synopsis" by , When it was first published in 1993, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven established Sherman Alexie as a stunning new talent of American letters. The basis for the award-winning movie Smoke Signals, it remains one of his most beloved and widely praised books. In this darkly comic collection, Alexie brilliantly weaves memory, fantasy, and stark realism to paint a complex, grimly ironic portrait of life in and around the Spokane Indian Reservation. These twenty-two interlinked tales are narrated by characters raised on humiliation and government-issue cheese, and yet are filled with passion and affection, myth and dream. Against a backdrop of alcohol, car accidents, laughter, and basketball, Alexie depicts the distances between Indians and whites, reservation Indians and urban Indians, men and women, and, most poetically, modern Indians and the traditions of the past.
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