By Sherman Alexie
(Grove Press, Paperback, 9780802141903, 320pp.)
Publication Date: February 2005
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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Sherman Alexie has been hailed as one of the best writers we have” (The Nation). Reservation Blues is his irresistibly stunning debut novel” (San Francisco Chronicle). One day legendary bluesman Robert Johnson appears on the Spokane Indian reservation, in flight from the devil and presumed long dead. When he passes his enchanted instrument to Thomas-Builds-the-Firestoryteller, misfit, and musiciana magical odyssey begins that will take them from reservation bars to small-town taverns, from the cement trails of Seattle to the concrete canyons of Manhattan. This is a fresh, luxuriantly comic tale of power, tragedy, and redemption among contemporary Native Americans.
The mystical complexity of Reservation Blues is as mesmerizing as the poetic power of Alexie’s writing. . . . Generously laced with bleak and sometimes wacky humor, but none of that detracts from the book’s poignant theme.” San Francisco Chronicle
Scathingly funny . . . Reservation Blues never misses a beat, never sounds a false note.” Los Angeles Times
Quiet, powerful brilliant, deeply moving [Sherman Alexie] is funny, he is perceptive, and he knows how to stir us in large and small ways.” Frederick Busch, The New York Times Book Review
An important voice in American literature.” The Boston Globe