Blasphemy by Sherman Alexie
New and Selected Stories

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Blasphemy, a collection of 15 new stories and 16 previously published works, is a timely reminder of Alexie's genius. It includes many of his finest stories...
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Sherman Alexie’s stature as a writer of stories, poems, and novels has soared over the course of his twenty-book, twenty-year career. His wide-ranging, acclaimed stories from the last two decades have established him as a star in contemporary American literature. A bold and irreverent observer of life among Native Americans in the Pacific Northwest, the daring, versatile, funny, and outrageous Alexie showcases all his talents in Blasphemy, where he unites twelve beloved classics with twelve new stories in one sweeping anthology for devoted fans and first-time readers.

Included here are some of his most esteemed tales, including “What You Pawn I Will Redeem,” "This is What it Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona,” “The Toughest Indian in the World,” and his most recent, “War Dances.” Alexie’s twelve new stories are fresh and quintessential, about amateur and donkey basketball leagues, extreme hoarding, lethal wind turbines, marriage, and all species of contemporary warriors in America today.

An indispensable collection of new and classic stories, Blasphemy reminds us, on every thrilling page, why Sherman Alexie is one of our greatest contemporary writers and a true master of the short story.
 

About Sherman Alexie

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Alexie is a poet, novelist, and screenwriter. He has won the Pen/Faulkner Award, Stranger Genius Award in Literature, Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Excellence in Children's Literature, and the Malamud Award. Alexie lives in Seattle.
 
Published October 2, 2012 by Grove Press. 480 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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NY Times

Below average
Reviewed by Jess Row on Nov 21 2012

...we hear a great deal about vodka, meth, commodity canned beef and horn-rimmed government glasses, but nothing about the intricacies of tribal politics, struggles over natural resources or efforts to preserve indigenous cultural life.

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Reviewed by Tom Cox on Jan 26 2013

If this is your first taste of redolent imagery ...you'll want to read more of him, which means you'll end up having to rebuy some of these stories. But that's OK. Many are easily good enough to own twice.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by John Burnside on Jan 10 2013

Blasphemy, a collection of 15 new stories and 16 previously published works, is a timely reminder of Alexie's genius. It includes many of his finest stories...

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Toronto Star

Excellent
Reviewed by Dimitri Nasrallah on Nov 16 2012

The end result is a fearless, two-decade examination of Sherman Alexie’s Native America, and also a testament to his mastery of the short-story form.

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