The Toughest Indian in the WorldBook - 2000
In these stories, we meet the kind of American Indians we rarely see in literature -- the kind who pay their bills, hold down jobs, fall in and out of love. A Spokane Indian journalist transplanted from the reservation to the city picks up a hitchhiker, a Lummi boxer looking to take on the toughest Indian in the world. A Spokane son waits for his diabetic father to come home from the hospital, tossing out the Hershey Kisses the father has hidden all over the house. An estranged interracial couple, separated in the midst of a traffic accident, rediscover their love for each other. A white drifter holds up an International House of Pancakes, demanding a dollar per customer and someone to love, and emerges with $42 and an overweight Indian he dubs Salmon Boy. Sherman Alexie's voice is one of remarkable passion, and these stories are love stories -- between parents and children, white people and Indians, movie stars and ordinary people. Witty, tender, and fierce, The Toughest Indian in the World is a virtuoso performance by one of the country's finest writers.
From Library Staff
In many of the of nine stories in this collection, Alexie portrays individuals who are straddling two worlds: indigent life on the reservation, and a more affluent, if alienating, existence in the city. In the title story, an assimilated Spokane journalist picks up Indian hitchhikers in order to... Read More »
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Frightening or Intense Scenes: The entirety of "The Sin Eaters".
Sexual Content: Frank discussion of sex. Marital infidelity.
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