Sherman Alexie (Author)
October 01, 2009
5.78 X 0.94 X 8.58 inches | 0.69 pounds
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About the Author
Sherman Alexie's poems, fiction, essays and films have won him an international following since his first book, THE BUSINESS OF FANCYDANCING, was published in 1992. SMOKE SIGNALS, the film he adapted from one of his short stories and co-produced, enlarged his audience still further. Alexie's awards include the Stranger Genius Award in Literature, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards for Excellence in Children's Literature in Fiction, and the National Book Award for Young People's Literature as well as honors and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Lila Wallace Reader's Digest Foundation, 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 sons.
"Sherman Alexie is not a finicky writer. He is often messy and in-your-face in a way that can make you laugh (or shudder) when you least expect to. . . . War Dances is Alexie's fiercely freewheeling collection of stories and poems about the tragicomedies of ordinary lives."--O, the Oprah Magazine "Alexie has a wry, subversive sensibility. . . . The structure [in War Dances] is sophisticated yet playful, a subtle way to bring lightness to heavy topics such as senility, bigotry, cancer, and loneliness. . . . A mix tape of a book, with many voices, pieces of different length, shifting rhythms, an evolving story."--Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times "Sherman Alexie mixes up comedy and tragedy, shoots it through with tenderness, then delivers with a provocateur's don't-give-a-damn flourish. He's unique, and his new book, War Dances, is another case in point."--Mary Ann Gwinn, Seattle Times "Few other contemporary writers seem willing to deal with issues of race, class, and sexuality as explicitly as Alexie . . . ["War Dances" is] a virtuoso performance of wit and pathos, a cultural and familial critique and a son's quiet, worthless scream against the night as his father expires . . . [that] reminds me of the early 20th Century master of the short form Akutagawa Riyunosuke. . . . Yet again Sherman Alexie has given us a hell of a ride."--Anthony Swofford, Barnes & Noble.com "Alexie's works are piercing yet rueful. He writes odes to anguished pay-phone calls, to boys who would drive through blizzards to see a girl, to couples who need to sit together on airplane flights even though the computer thinks otherwise. . . . [A] marvelous collection."--Connie Ogle, Miami Herald "Sherman Alexie is a rare creature in contemporary literature, a writer who can make you laugh as easily as he can make you cry. He's also frighteningly versatile, as a poet, screenwriter, short story author, and novelist."--Ben Fulton, The Salt Lake Tribune "Remarkable . . . Wonderful . . . [Alexie's] work reveals both the light and dark within native American life. A paradox in his writing is that you can be in the middle of delighted laughter when he will hit you with a sentence so true to the core of a character's pain that you suck your breath or are startled to realize you are crying."--Gale Zoe Garnett, The Globe and Mail "War Dances is maybe the most personal book Alexie has ever published, and it's certainly one of his most readable. The closest thing to a historical precedent for this book is Palm Sunday, Kurt Vonnegut's wildly entertaining self-described 'autobiographical collage' of anecdotes, fiction, reminiscences, and other work. . . . Each piece firmly builds on some part of the other, like the songs on a good mix tape. . . . The asymmetrical collection on display in War Dances works as a supremely gratifying reading experience."--Paul Constant, The Stranger "Alexie is a master storyteller whose prose is laced with metaphoric realities of life, mixed with triumph and tragedy. . . . War Dances is vintage Alexie . . . [and] should be savored. . . . Fans will not be disappointed."--Levi Rickert, The Grand Rapids Press "May be his best work yet . . . An odd grab bag of images, insights, and loose ends . . . yet each piece asks a similar set of questions: What's the point of all this? If there is a point, what's the point of that? And isn't life really goddamn funny? . . . A book about searching."--Mike Dumke, Chicago Reader "Complex . . . Unpredictable . . . Thought-provoking."--Michelle Peters, Winnipeg Free Press "Beautiful . . . [Alexie] tells wryly amusing, bittersweet stories. . . . He makes you laugh, he makes you cry. Perfect reasons to read him."--Frank Zoretich, Albuquerque Journal "Penetrating . . . Alexie unfurls highly expressive language . . . [in] this spiritedly provocative array of tragic comedies."--Publishers Weekly "Encounter [Alexie's work] once and you'll never forget it."--Library Journal "Alexie is at his best in this collection of hilarious and touching stories."--Geeta Sharma-Jensen, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "[With War Dances], Sherman Alexie enhances his stature as a multitalented writer and an astute observer of life among Native Americans in the Pacific Northwest. . . . [An] edgy and frequently surprising collection."--Harvey Freedenberg, Bookpage