The author is a Spokane/Coeur d'Alene Indian, who "introduces us to the kind of American Indian we rarely see in literature--professionals whose upwardly mobile lives make them yearn for escape, married couples struggling with fidelity, ordinary folk falling in and out of love." Witty, tender and fierce.
A compilation of Alexie's most disturbing sexual fantasies/fetishes/scenarios. Not what I expected.
In these stories, we meet the kinds of American Indians we rarely see in literature-the upper and middle class, the professionals and white-collar workers, the bureaucrats and poets, falling in and out of love and wondering if they will make their way home. A Spokane Indian journalist transplanted from the reservation to the city picks up a hitchhiker, a Lummi boxer looking to take on the toughest Indian in the world. A Spokane son waits for his diabetic father to return from the hospital, listening to his father's friends argue over Jesus' carpentry skills as they build a wheelchair ramp. An estranged interracial couple, seperated in the midst of a traffic accident, rediscover their love for each other. A white drifter holds up an International House of Pancakes, demanding a dollar per customer and someone to love, and emerges with forty-two dollars and an overweight Indian he dubs Salmon Boy.
Sherman Alexie is a racist...but he thinks being witty about it makes it okay.