BookBrowse Reviews The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

by Sherman Alexie

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
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  • First Published:
    Sep 2007, 230 pages
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    Mar 2009, 288 pages

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Sherman Alexie's National Book Award winning first novel for young adults

Junior is not only a smart, nerdy misfit painfully wending his way through adolescence. He's also dirt poor. He's the son of two alcoholics. He's the only Indian at his all-white school. And he's physically challenged; he was born with water on the brain and though he has overcome major mental and motor deficiencies, his health is so fragile that one blow to the head could kill him. It would all bit a bit over-the-top for a young adult novel…except it's largely true. Sherman Alexie's bio on his website sounds like a summary of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. The book is quirky and funny and captivating in its improbability because it comes straight from the author's own life.

What makes Junior so appealing is that he is entirely uncowed by his own nerdiness. Unlike other literary misfits who retreat into their own difference, Junior is so ...

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