The Absolutely True Confessions of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.
The final selection in our fall series of Growing Up American is Alexie’s National Book Award winning novel. Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, is based on the author’s own experiences. Coupled with poignant drawings by Ellen Forney, the novel chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live. Junior, growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation, is determined to take his future into his own hands and decides to leave his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. Our discussion leader will be Denise Low-Weso, former Kansas Poet Laureate and award-winning author of 30 books of prose and poetry. She taught at Haskell Indian Nations University, where she founded the creative writing program, for 25 years.
Book TALK (Talk About Literature in Kansas) is a Humanities Kansas program.