The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

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With wrenching pain and wry humor, a poignancy that underlies his nearly apocalyptic vision, Alexie presents contemporary life on the Spokane Reservation.

Available in paperback only.  Sherman Alexie (Spokane/Coeur d’Alene),  The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven. 1993.

Alexie’s writing tends to bring white readers face-to-face with things they would probably not prefer to have thrust in their faces. With wrenching pain and wry humor, a poignancy that underlies his nearly apocalyptic vision, Alexie presents contemporary life on the Spokane Reservation. The usual suspects are here: Victor, Thomas Builds-the-Fire, Big Mom, Lester FallsApart, and a Junior here and there. The characters come straight out of life as it is for far too many Indian people—poverty, alcoholism, despair and defeat—but they never become clichés: “People can do things completely against their nature, completely. It’s like some tiny earthquake comes roaring through your body and soul, and it’s the only earthquake you’ll ever feel. But it damages so much, cracks the foundations of your life forever.”