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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,817 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sherman Alexie Narrator: Sherman Alexie Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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With bright insight into the minds of artists, entrepreneurs, fathers, husbands, and sons, Sherman Alexie populates his stories with ordinary men on the brink of exceptional change. In the tour-de-force title story, a son remembers his father slowly dying a “natural Indian death” from alcohol and diabetes, just as he learns that he himself may have a brain tumor. With “The Ballad of Paul Nonetheless,” Alexie dissects a vintage clothing store owner’s failing marriage and his subsequent courtship of a Puma-clad stranger in various airports across the country. And “Breaking and Entering” recounts a film editor’s fateful confrontation with an adolescent who forcibly enters his house to steal his DVD collection.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Sherman Alexie is not a finicky writer. He is often messy and in-your-face in a way that can make you laugh (or shudder) when you least expect to…War Dances is Alexie’s fiercely freewheeling collection of stories and poems about the tragicomedies of ordinary lives.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “Alexie mixes up comedy and tragedy, shoots it through with tenderness, then delivers with a provocateur’s don’t-give-a-damn flourish.”

    Seattle Times

  • “A paradox in [Alexie’s] writing is that you can be in the middle of delighted laughter when he will hit you with a sentence so true to the core of a character’s pain that you suck in your breath or are startled to realize you are crying.”

    Globe and Mail (Toronto)

  • War Dances taps every vein and nerve, every tissue, every issue that quickens the current blood-pulse: parenthood, divorce, broken links, sex, gender and racial conflict, substance abuse, medical neglect, 9/11, Official Narrative vs. What Really Happened, settler religion vs. native spirituality, marketing, shopping, and war, war, war. All the heartbreaking ways we don’t live now—this is the caring, eye-opening beauty of this rollicking, bittersweet gem of a book.”

    Al Young, PEN/Faulkner Award judge

  • Winner of the 2010 PEN/Faulkner Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jeremy | 2/18/2014

    " Loved this book. The audio version is read by Alexie which I think was great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Patrick | 2/12/2014

    " Sherman Alexie can articulate the inner state of mind of a uniquely neurotic male so you feel genuine affection for all of the narrator's supporting characters and this collection of stories and poetry added numerous sad and fascinating people to my circle of friends. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Russ | 2/12/2014

    " When this is good, it's very good. When this is OK, it's very OK. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cerenity | 2/11/2014

    " I was really engaged with these stories, poems, and anecdotes. "

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