The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian
Sherman Alexie delivers this autobiographical story about Arnold Spirit's memories as a freshman in high school with brutal honesty, sadness, and humor. After deciding to leave his reservation to attend a better high school 22 miles away, Junior struggles in gaining self confidence, sees the goodness of strangers, and lives with the hatred of his own people, even his best friend, Rowdy. By reluctantly trying out for the basketball team, he see he is worthy of playing well - even against his best friend. Junior appreciates the harsh reality of what it means to be Indian in a white world - and finds peace with that.
Thunder Boy Jr. is about a young boy who wants to claim his own name. Although he looks up to his father, he doesn't necessarily want to be named after him. He and his father search for a name that he can rightfully earn.
In the following video, Alexie explains why he idolizes heroic ideas as opposed to literary people.
Sherman Alexie's Literary Heroes? Literary Works
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