These stories pack a punch. All set on the Spokane Indian reservation and involving the same characters- Victor, Thomas Builds-A-Fire, Junior Polatkin- the tales are of basketball, of drunkeness, of fry bread, despair and hope. Thomas Builds-A-Fire tells stories, often to himself when no one else wants to listen. Victor travels to Arizona to dispose of his father's remains, remembering how he was abandoned as a youth. Victor remembers sleeping between his parents, passed out from alcohol, which was comforting to him as a child. Victor and Junior reminisce about the great reservation basketball players, some having gained eternal fame from a single, well-placed shot across the court. These stories sometimes go by in a haze of drunkenness, in the anger of a modern Native American- but all will surely touch you to the core. Each story made me stop and think for hours afterwards, and they clutched my heart. They are beautiful and devastating, some of the most poignant and powerful stories I have read in a long time.