Friday, March 5, 2010

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Junior has lived on the reservation all his life but as he enters his freshman year he decides to try going to school at the white school just over the border of the rez. The white kids make fun of him at first and Junior is surprised to learn that the rules of the white world are different from the rules of the Indian world. Gradually he starts to fit in, making the basketball team and semi-dating a girl from school. But Junior's bigger problems are back on the rez. His entire community is mad at him for leaving them behind. Junior tells his entire story with humor and tragedy including the many deaths on the rez, the rampant alcoholism, and his attempts to make up with his best friend who now hates him.

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