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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
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Jul 29, 2012

it was amazing

One of my favorites of Alexie's. Super real, surreal, and at turns hilarious and gut-wrenching. Not having read it as a youth, and not having read it with youth, I can't attest to how it lands for young people. But, as an adult who remembers how I felt as a youth, I find this book spot on for capturing the full-on inner turmoil and comi-tragedy that is growing up in abusive situations, marginalized by dominant culture. (*Not that I am claiming to share all of the same experiences as Alexie's main character, Junior. But perhaps that's part of the testament to his job well done: the characters and situations are very relatable in spite of vast differences in identity and social location.) Beautifully written book that can hopefully join the resiliency-building reservoirs for many of us, the least of which being folks fighting for their lives growing up.

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