The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
October 4, 2017, 1:00 PM CT
From the TALK series, Growing Up American
Discussion Leader: Rosemary Kolich
"But we reservation Indians don't get to realize our dreams. We don't get those chances. Or choices. We're just poor. That's all we are." Junior hopes to break the pattern by going to school away from the reservation. His life is further complicated, however, when he is treated like a traitor at home and an outsider at school. Although Junior is a teenager, his dilemmas are fully adult: endemic poverty, alcoholism on the reservation, and the difficulty of trying to advance yourself without betraying those you leave behind.
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