** Ten Little Indians by Sherman Alexi (2004)

I loved these stories.  They’re all so different, but have Alexi’s common themes: romanticized Indians, destitute lonely indians, hopeful indians, bargaining indians.  He weaves compassion, anger, and humor into these stories with memorable and compelling characters like Frank Snake Church, Corliss the dedicated student, the Ethiopian cab driver, Sharon who had an affair and allowed her husband to ask 3 questions, Jackson who earns anad loses money trying to buy back his grandmother’s regalia, and crazy Estelle.  They’re wonderful and pitiful, and so entertaining.  (ficiton/short stories)

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