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War Dancesby Sherman Alexie
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Fresh off his National Book Award win, Alexie delivers a heartbreaking and hilarious collection of stories that explores the precarious balance between self-preservation and external responsibility in art, family, and the world at large.
In his first new fiction since winning the National Book Award for The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, best-selling author Sherman Alexie delivers a virtuoso collection of tender, witty, and soulful stories that expertly capture modern relationships from the most diverse angles. War Dances brims with Alexies poetic and revolutionary prose, and reminds us once again why he ranks as one of our countrys finest writers.
With bright insight into the minds of artists, entrepreneurs, fathers, husbands, and sons, Alexie populates his stories with average men on the brink of exceptional change: In the title story, a son recalls his fathers natural Indian death” from alcohol and diabetes, just as he learns that he himself may have a brain tumor; The Ballad of Paul Nonetheless,” dissects a vintage clothing store owners failing marriage and courtship of a Puma-clad stranger in airports across the country; and Breaking and Entering” recounts a film editors fateful confrontation with an thieving adolescent.
Brazen and wise War Dances takes us to the heart of what it means to be human. The new beginnings, successes, mistakes, and regrets that make up our daily lives are laid bare in this wide-ranging new work that is quintessential
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