You Don't Have To Say You Love Me: A Memoir

Hardcover | June 13, 2017

bySherman Alexie

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One of the most anticipated books of 2017--Entertainment Weekly and Bustle

A searing, deeply moving memoir about family, love, loss, and forgiveness from the critically acclaimed, bestselling National Book Award-winning author of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.

Family relationships are never simple. But Sherman Alexie's bond with his mother Lillian was more complex than most. She plunged her family into chaos with a drinking habit, but shed her addiction when it was on the brink of costing her everything. She survived a violent past, but created an elaborate facade to hide the truth. She selflessly cared for strangers, but was often incapable of showering her children with the affection that they so desperately craved. She wanted a better life for her son, but it was only by leaving her behind that he could hope to achieve it. It's these contradictions that made Lillian Alexie a beautiful, mercurial, abusive, intelligent, complicated, and very human woman.

When she passed away, the incongruities that defined his mother shook Sherman and his remembrance of her. Grappling with the haunting ghosts of the past in the wake of loss, he responded the only way he knew how: he wrote. The result is a stunning memoir filled with raw, angry, funny, profane, tender memories of a childhood few can imagine, much less survive. An unflinching and unforgettable remembrance, YOU DON'T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME is a powerful, deeply felt account of a complicated relationship.

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One of the most anticipated books of 2017--Entertainment Weekly and Bustle A searing, deeply moving memoir about family, love, loss, and forgiveness from the critically acclaimed, bestselling National Book Award-winning author of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Family relationships are never simple. But Sh...

Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the PEN/Malamud Award for Short Fiction, a PEN/Hemingway Citation for Best First Fiction, and the National Book Award for Young People's Literature, Sherman Alexie is a poet, short story writer, novelist and performer. A Spokane/Couer d'Alene Indian, Alexie grew up in Wellpinit, Washington,...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:464 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:June 13, 2017Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:031627075X

ISBN - 13:9780316270755

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On Reservation Blues:"His talent is immense and genuine.... Sherman Alexie is one of the best writers we have."- The Nation"Hilarious but poignant...dead-on accurate with regard to modern Indian life."--Publisher's WeeklyOn Indian Killer:"A haunting, challenging articulation of the plight and the pride of contemporary Native Americans."- Kirkus Reviews, starred review"Characters in Mr. Alexie's work are not the usual kind of Indians...They are not tragic victims or noble savages...they listen to Jimi Hendrix and Hank Williams; they dream of being basketball stars...And unlike most Indians in fiction, they are sometimes funny."--The New York TimesOn The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian:"A Native American equivalent of Angela's Ashes." --- (starred review), Publishers Weekly "Sure to resonate and lift spirits of all ages for years to come." --USA Today