Ten Little Indians

by Sherman Alexie

Grove/Atlantic | March 19, 2004 | Trade Paperback

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Sherman Alexie is one of our most acclaimed and popular writers today. With Ten Little Indians, he offers nine poignant and emotionally resonant new stories about Native Americans who, like all Americans, find themselves at personal and cultural crossroads, faced with heartrending, tragic, sometimes wondrous moments of being that test their loyalties, their capacities, and their notions of who they are and who they love. In Alexie''s first story, "The Search Engine," Corliss is a rugged and resourceful student who finds in books the magic she was denied while growing up poor. In "The Life and Times of Estelle Walks Above," an intellectual feminist Spokane Indian woman saves the lives of dozens of white women all around her to the bewilderment of her only child. "What You Pawn I Will Redeem" starts off with a homeless man recognizing in a pawn shop window the fancy-dance regalia that was stolen fifty years earlier from his late grandmother. Even as they often make us laugh, Alexie''s stories are driven by a haunting lyricism and naked candor that cut to the heart of the human experience, shedding brilliant light on what happens when we grow into and out of each other.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 pages, 3.25 × 2.17 × 0.3 in

Published: March 19, 2004

Publisher: Grove/Atlantic

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 080214117X

ISBN - 13: 9780802141170

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Ten Little Indians

by Sherman Alexie

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 pages, 3.25 × 2.17 × 0.3 in

Published: March 19, 2004

Publisher: Grove/Atlantic

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 080214117X

ISBN - 13: 9780802141170

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Sherman Alexie is one of our most acclaimed and popular writers today. With Ten Little Indians, he offers nine poignant and emotionally resonant new stories about Native Americans who, like all Americans, find themselves at personal and cultural crossroads, faced with heartrending, tragic, sometimes wondrous moments of being that test their loyalties, their capacities, and their notions of who they are and who they love. In Alexie''s first story, "The Search Engine," Corliss is a rugged and resourceful student who finds in books the magic she was denied while growing up poor. In "The Life and Times of Estelle Walks Above," an intellectual feminist Spokane Indian woman saves the lives of dozens of white women all around her to the bewilderment of her only child. "What You Pawn I Will Redeem" starts off with a homeless man recognizing in a pawn shop window the fancy-dance regalia that was stolen fifty years earlier from his late grandmother. Even as they often make us laugh, Alexie''s stories are driven by a haunting lyricism and naked candor that cut to the heart of the human experience, shedding brilliant light on what happens when we grow into and out of each other.

About the Author

Aleshkovsky, a former prison-camp inmate, enjoyed anonymous fame in the Soviet Union as the author of a celebrated song about Stalin and an obscenely funny novella, Nikolai Nikolaevich, which circulated in samizdat. Born in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, he has lived in the United States since 1979, where his works have been appearing in Russian and in some English translations. The Hand (1980), his second novel, is a monologue by a KGB executioner-a powerful exploration of Soviet history, though slightly boring in its plethora of scatology.

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"The strength of this book lies in the characters. Alexie writes them with such compassion that even if they abandon their children, it becomes understandable."
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