Fresh off his National Book Award win, Alexie delivers a heartbreaking, hilarious collection of stories that explores the precarious balance between self-preservation and external responsibility in art, family, and the world at large. With unparalleled insight into the minds of artists, laborers, fathers, husbands, and sons, Alexie populates his ...Read MoreFresh off his National Book Award win, Alexie delivers a heartbreaking, hilarious collection of stories that explores the precarious balance between self-preservation and external responsibility in art, family, and the world at large. With unparalleled insight into the minds of artists, laborers, fathers, husbands, and sons, Alexie populates his stories with ordinary men on the brink of exceptional change. In a bicoastal journey through the consequences of both simple and monumental life choices, Alexie introduces us to personal worlds as they transform beyond return. In the title story, a famous writer must decide how to care for his distant father who is slowly dying a "natural Indian death" from alcohol and diabetes, just as he learns that he himself may have a brain tumor. Alexie dissects a vintage-clothing store owner's failing marriage and his courtship of a married photographer in various airports across the country; what happens when a politician's son commits a hate crime; and how a young boy discovers his self-worth while writing obituaries for his local newspaper. Brazen and wise, "War Dances" takes us to the heart of what it means to be human. This provocative new work is Alexie at the height of his powers.Read Less
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Fine. 0802119190 Author Signed Hardcover 2009 NY: Grove Press First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket, signed by the author. Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.
Fine in fine dust jacket. FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING OF THIS PEN/FAULKNER PRIZE WINNING NOVEL+ LIKE NEW + ORIGINAL HARDBACK FORMAT, PROTECTED BY A MYLAR COVER; COLLECTING BOOKS SINCE 1988, SELLING BOOKS SINCE 2008. Glued binding. Paper over boards. With dust jacket. 209 p. Audience: General/trade.
Alexie certainly has a fallback type for his characters; angry and funny. While I recognize that this is a recurring pattern, I still respond to these characters. Perhaps I am his ideal reader, identifying with every manifestation of witty/pissed off narrator he offers up. But it may also be because of his plain yet pointed style of prose, which is just so effortlessly readable. I think he could tell any story about any person and I would just drink it in. Many of the characters in War Dances fit this pattern, and it might become a little wearing for those who do not automatically respond to that type of narrative voice. However, he is a keen observer of human nature. I think his ability to put his finger on the source of these characters' anger is what makes him so worth reading.
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