Question: Why does America love Sherman Alexie, author of Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories?
Answer: Well, he’s a sometime standup comedian – who also happens to be a prolific, award-winning poet, novelist, young-adult writer, and filmmaker. Of course, successful isn’t the same as lovable. A true comedian, Alexie lampoons all species of Americans in his writing, but what makes him popular is his inclusive embrace.
If Charles Dickens had been born to the Spokane Tribe in 1966, grown up on a reservation in Wellpinit, Wash., suffered from hydrocephaly in infancy, but recovered to read The Grapes of Wrath by the age of 5 (reportedly), and fallen in love with basketball, he might have grown up to be Sherman Alexie. Download the full review in PDF >