Ten Little Indians by Sherman Alexie

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A finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, this bestselling collection from master storyteller Sherman Alexie tackles love, loss, basketball—and everything in between
The characters that populate the lyrical and affectionate tales in Ten Little Indians battle stereotypes and navigate the crossroads of culture in life off the reservation. Richard, the narrator of “Lawyer’s League,” grows up in Seattle the son of “an African American giant who played defensive end for the University of Washington Huskies” and “a petite Spokane Indian ballerina.” Estelle Walks Above (née Estelle Miller), the mother of the narrator in “The Life and Times of Estelle Walks Above,” studies her way off the Spokane Indian Reservation and into the University of Washington, and goes on to both enjoy and resent the company of the white women of Seattle—who see her as a shamanic genius, and look to her for guidance on everything from sex and fashion to spirituality and politics.
These and the other stories in Ten Little Indians run the gamut from earthy humor to sobering emotional truth, mapping the outer reaches of the human heart.

This ebook features an illustrated biography including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.

About Sherman Alexie

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Sherman Alexie is the author of the novels Reservation Blues and Indian Killer; the story collection The Toughest Indian in the World; and the award-winning screenplay for Smoke Signals, a film based on his highly acclaimed short-story collection The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, as well as several books of poetry. Sherman Alexie's books have won the Pen/Faulkner Foundation's Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writers' Award, the Before Columbus Foundation's American Book Award, and the Murray Morgan Prize, among others. Most recently, Alexie wrote and directed The Business of Fancydancing, a feature film. He lives in Seattle with his wife and two sons
Published October 15, 2013 by Open Road Media. 256 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences, Children's Books, History. Fiction

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Alienation, second-class citizenship, and revivifying pride in family and heritage—these are the recurring themes in the popular author's third collection (The Toughest Indian in the World, 2000, etc.).

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Publishers Weekly

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Fluent, exuberant and supremely confident, this outstanding collection shows Alexie (The Toughest Indian in the World, etc.) at the height of his powers. Humor pl

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Ten Little Indians by Sherman Alexie 243pp, Secker & Warburg, £12 Each age, Fergus Bordewich wrote in Killing the White Man's Indian , has "imagined its own Indian: untameable savage, child of nature, steward of the earth, the white man's ultimate victim".

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Star Tribune

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Sherman Alexie, a Spokane/Coeur d'Alene Indian from Washington, has written short fiction, poetry, novels and screenplays.

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Entertainment Weekly

Whether it's a homeless drunk who tries to get his grandmother's powwow-dance regalia out of a pawnshop or a young mother who sings to her comatose baby while using an enormous vibrator as backup music, the subjects of these nine stories are passionate in their odd pursuits.

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"Nine is a much funnier number than eleven," explained Sherman Alexie in a recent book signing for Ten Little Indians, a collection of nine contemporary Native American tales.

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Austin Chronicle

The only real problem with Ten Little Indians is its poor organization, with two of the weaker stories right up front, making the collection slow to get into.

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