Ten Little Indians, Paperback Book
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


Sherman Alexie offers nine poignant and emotionally resonant stories about Native Americans who find themselves at personal and cultural crossroads.

In 'The Life and Times of Estelle Walks Above', an intellectual feminist Spokane Indian woman saves the lives of dozens of white women all around her, to the bewilderment of her only child.

In 'Do You Know Where I Am?' two college sweethearts rescue a lost cat - a simple act that has profound moral consequences for the rest of their lives together.

In 'What You Pawn I Will Redeem', a homeless Indian man must raise $1,000 in twenty-four hours to buy back the fancy dance outfit stolen from his grandmother fifty years earlier.

Even as they often make us laugh, Sherman Alexie's stories are driven by a haunting lyricism and naked candour that cut to the heart of the human experience.


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This short story collection focuses on eleven different Indians living different lives in North America, mostly in Washington State and in particular in Seattle. The stories include a focus on a college student obsessed by English literature who encounters a Spokane Indian poet, a homeless man who sees his grandmother's dancing outfit in the window of a pawn shop and tries all day to raise $1000 to buy it, a potential basketball star who gave up pursuing professional basketball to honour the death of his mother, an aspiring politician, the relationship between a mother who is adored for her Indian identity by middle class Seattle white women and who hates this, and her adoring son. The stories are really interesting and reveal that having embraced modern life, Indian principles remain fundamental. Four stars.