I'm reading Sherman Alexie's, "The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian." So far I'm enjoying the honest, but almost lyrical language he uses. The voice could be that way because of the young narrator, Junior, who has a few health issues and a sort of innocence despite his socio-economic situation. He lives on an Indian Reservation with his family, but realizes that if he doesn’t get out of the environment where alcoholism and abuse run rampant, he will die. I can’t wait to finish it. Okay, yes it sounds sad, which it is, but it is also really good.
What I have read by Sherman Alexie, besides lots of his poetry, is the article “Why the Best Kids Books are Written in Blood.” I think I originally read about it in Megan Stielstra’s amazing novel “Once I was Cool.” Okay there is too much awesome in this tiny paragraph. It might explode.
You have to first read “Why Kids Books are Written in Blood,” and then when you are done and primed for awesomness, mosey over to the book store and buy, “Once I Was Cool.” I will do a full review on that wonderful novel of essays soon.
Here's the link to Alexie’s article:
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