War Dances

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Best-selling author Sherman Alexie delivers a virtuoso collection of tender, witty, and soulful stories that expertly capture modern relationships from the most diverse angles.

Available in hardcover only.  War Dances, by Sherman Alexie.  2009, 209 pages.

In his first new fiction since winning the National Book Award for The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, best-selling author Sherman Alexie delivers a virtuoso collection of tender, witty, and soulful stories that expertly capture modern relationships from the most diverse angles. War Dance brims with Alexie’s poetic and revolutionary prose, and reminds us once again why he ranks as one of our country’s finest writers.

With bright insight into the minds of artists, entrepreneurs, fathers, husbands, and sons, Alexie populates his stories with ordinary men on the brink of exceptional change. In the tour-de-force title story, a son remembers his father slowly dying a “natural Indian death” from alcohol and diabetes, just as he learns that he himself may have a brain tumor. With “The Ballad of Paul Nonetheless,” Alexie dissects a vintage clothing store owner’s failing marriage and his subsequent courtship of a Puma-clad stranger in various airports across the country. And “Breaking and Entering” recounts a film editor’s fateful confrontation with an adolescent who forcibly enters his house to steal his DVD collection.

Brazen and wise, humorous and passionate, War Dances takes us to the heart of what it means to be human. The new beginnings, successes, mistakes, and regrets that make up our daily lives are laid bare in this wide-ranging and provocative new work that is Alexie at the height of his powers.

Sherman Alexie is the author of numerous books of poetry; three story collections, Ten Little Indians, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, and The Toughest Indian in the World; and four novels, Reservation Blues, Indian Killer, Flight, and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, for which he won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. Alexie wrote and directed the film The Business of Fancydancing and also wrote the award-winning screenplay for Smoke Signals. He lives in Seattle.

Publisher: Grove Press
Culture Group: Spokane/Coeur d’Alene