by Sherman Alexie

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This collection of short stories is adventurous in a fun way and challenging in a personal way.  The stories circle around a diversity of motifs, all of which are investigated through a variety of characters.  Some of these themes we have seen before (love, sexuality, identity, and loss), while others are less common (basketball, homelessness, alcoholism, sobriety, and life on Native American reservations).  Each story is held by a tension created by opposites -- cracking jokes after a discovery of wide-spread tumors, for example, or frivolous and generous spending during great poverty.  This tension prevents a story from landing somewhere, and rather lifts the reader above the situation to allow a greater view.  You will not feel tidy after reading this collection: you will feel like the world is a mess, and that this mess is the greatest way for the world to be.

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