The Toughest Indian in the World

The Toughest Indian in the World

Sherman Alexie

Language: English

Pages: 238

ISBN: 0802138004

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The Toughest Indian in the World

Sherman Alexie

Language: English

Pages: 238

ISBN: 0802138004

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


A beloved American writer whose books are championed by critics and readers alike, Sherman Alexie has been hailed by Time as "one of the better new novelists, Indian or otherwise." Now his acclaimed new collection, The Toughest Indian in the World, which received universal praise in hardcover, is available in paperback. In these stories, we meet the kind of American Indians we rarely see in literature -- the kind who pay their bills, hold down jobs, fall in and out of love. 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 come home from the hospital, tossing out the Hershey Kisses the father has hidden all over the house. An estranged interracial couple, separated 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 $42 and an overweight Indian he dubs Salmon Boy. Sherman Alexie's voice is one of remarkable passion, and these stories are love stories -- between parents and children, white people and Indians, movie stars and ordinary people. Witty, tender, and fierce, The Toughest Indian in the World is a virtuoso performance by one of the country's finest writers.

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Boy’s blood climbed the ladder over his heart. But Seymour stopped just short of the chasm and threw the pistol down, down, down. The pistol fell then and is still falling now. Oh, said Salmon Boy as Seymour turned to face him. How do you love a man? Seymour asked the sky, but the sky didn’t answer. Salmon Boy closed his eyes and when he opened them again he was lying in a motel room in Flagstaff, Arizona. Seymour quietly slept on the other side of the bed, or perhaps he wasn’t asleep at

words were being taken from me. I cried out in surprise and pain, and my cries sounded like tiny prayers. “Hush, hush, Jonah,” said the male doctor as he pushed the needle deeper into my body, as Dr. Clancy pushed another needle deep into my other hip. “You’re doing a brave thing. You’re saving the world.” I woke naked and alone in a bright room. I stood with much difficulty and stared into a wall of mirrors that were really windows. Beyond the glass, doctors and soldiers watched me. I was

hopes have never been up,” he said, though he knew he was lying. “Your partner, what’s her name?” “Sara Polatkin,” said Tracy. “She’s Indian.” “Indian dot-in-the-head or Indian arrow-in-the-heart?” “She’s Spokane. From the rez. Unlike your lame urban Indian ass.” “Yes,” said Low Man. “And you can say that, given you’ve spent so much time on reservations.” Tracy dropped the truck into gear and drove down a narrow street. “Yeah,” she said. “I’m freaking out her parents. Completely. Not only

mother’s hand. “Please, stay.” Tracy said, “Go, Low, just go for a ride. Sid and Estelle can give us a ride back to our place, right?” Sid nodded his head. He sliced into his salmon and shoved a huge piece into his mouth. “Please, Low,” said Tracy. “Go.” “Sid,” said Low Man. “I was wondering why you came here. I mean, if you don’t approve of this, of them, then why the hell are you here?” Sid chewed on his salmon. The great fish was gone from the Spokane River. Disappeared. “I love my

Sara together. Hand in hand, they walked away. With surprising speed, Sid rose from the table and chased after them. He caught them just before they got to the restaurant exit. He pushed Tracy into a wall—pushed her into the plasterboard—and took his daughter by the elbow. “You’re coming with us,” he said. “No,” said Sara. Estelle couldn’t move. “Help them,” she said to Low Man. “Help them.” Low didn’t know which “them” she was talking about. He rushed across the room just as Sid slapped his

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