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Kirtland Community College Library PS 3551 .L357 L66 2013 30775305524192 General Collection Available -

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  • ISBN: 9780802121998
  • ISBN: 0802121993
  • Physical Description: print
    xxviii, 242 pages ; 21 cm
  • Edition: 20th anniversary edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Grove Press, [2013]

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General Note: "With a new prologue"--Cover.
Includes a reading group guide.
"Prologue ©2013 by Jess Walter and Sherman Alexie."--Back of title page.
Formatted Contents Note: Every little hurricane -- A drug called tradition -- Because my father always said he was the only Indian who saw Jimi Hendrix play "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Woodstock -- Crazy Horse dreams -- The only traffic signal on the reservation doesn't flash red anymore -- Amusements -- This is what it means to say Phoenix, Arizona -- Fun house -- All I wanted to do was dance -- The trial of Thomas Builds-the-Fire -- Distances -- Jesus Christ's half-brother is alive and well on the Spokane Indian Reservation -- A train is an order of occurrence designed to lead to some result -- A good story -- The First Annual All-Indian Horseshoe Pitch and Barbecue -- Imagining the reservation -- The approximate size of my favorite tumor -- Indian education -- The Lone Ranger and Tonto fistfight in Heaven -- Family portrait -- Somebody kept saying Powwow -- Witnesses, secret and not -- Flight -- Junior Polatkin's Wild West Show.
Summary, etc.: In his darkly comic short story collection, the author 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-four interlinked tales are narrated by characters raised on humiliation and government-issue cheese, yet 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 Jimmy 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.
Subject: Spokane Indians Fiction
Indians of North America Washington (State) Fiction
Spokane Indian Reservation (Wash.) Fiction
Washington (State) Fiction
Genre: Short stories.
Black humor.
Autobiographical fiction.
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