One Stick Song

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Sherman Alexie’s angry, desperate, hilarious, ironic identity crisis—or identity proclamation.

Sherman Alexie can teach you how to tell an Indian from a “mixed-blood” Indian from a non-Indian, just by the way the Indian-in-question talks. He can describe his family members by their missing body parts and/or ailments. He can make you laugh on one page and gasp on another.

With his use of intense detail, readers get a deep look into Alexie’s experience. One Stick Song is his angry, desperate, hilarious, ironic identity crisis—or identity proclamation. In The Unauthorized Biography of Me, Alexie writes:

“So many people claim to be Indian, speaking of an Indian grandmother, a warrior grandfather. Suppose the United States government announced that all Indians had to return to their reservation. How many of these people would not shove that Indian ancestor back into the closet?”

And in The Mice War he describes killing dozens of mice because the author wanted to flee the reservation. He doesn’t just write about poverty, this brilliant storyteller writes about “the cockroaches baying at the moon” (The Theology of Cockroaches).

Best of all, he will make you think.

Sherman Alexie’s poems, fiction and essays have won him an international following since his first book, The Business of Fancydancing, was published to great acclaim in 1992. Smoke Signals, the film he adapted from one of his stories and co-produced, enlarged his audience still further. Alexie’s honors include awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Foundation, and the Washington State Arts Commission, and a citation as “One of 20 Best American Novelists Under the Age of 40” from Granta Magazine. An enrolled Spokane / Coeur d’Alene Indian, Alexie lives in Seattle with his wife and son.


Author: Sherman Alexie (Spokane/Coeur d’Alene)

Binding Availability: Paperback

Published: 2000

Tribes/Ethnic Groups: Spokane, Coeur d’Alene