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Sherman Alexie.
Publisher Grove  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 5.75 x 0.75 inches
ISBN 9780802119193
Pages/Publication Date 209/2009
Daedalus Item Code 32469
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(2010 PEN/Faulkner Award Winner) The winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award, the American Book Award, and the National Book Award, Sherman Alexie presents this heartbreaking, hilarious collection of stories exploring the precarious balance between self-preservation and responsibility—to art, family, and the world at large. In the title story, a famous writer must decide how to care for his distant father who is slowly dying a "natural Indian death" from alcohol and diabetes, just as he learns that he himself may have a brain tumor. Alexie dissects the failing marriage of a vintage clothing storeowner, and his courtship of a married photographer in various airports across the country; what happens when a politician's son commits a hate crime; and how a boy discovers his self-worth while writing obituaries for his local newspaper.

"Alexie has a wry, subversive sensibility.... The structure [of this book] is sophisticated yet playful, a subtle way to bring lightness to heavy topics such as senility, bigotry, cancer, and loneliness ... a mix tape of a book, with many voices, pieces of different length, shifting rhythms, an evolving story."—LATimes

 
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