Too much hype about this book. Although the author has bravely bared his soul about his early family life which is extremely interesting and heartbreaking to say the least, the book has gaps. I wanted to know far more about his rise to fame and his later life. The book starts so well and I was really hooked on his honesty and style but it doesn't continue in this vein. The repetition and the poetry are a great disappointment. I suspect if this was the first book he had written it would have been rejected by a many publishers. The ending is also flat and the work lacks closure.
Powerful, honest and compelling, Sherman Alexie’s memoir of growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Wellpinit, Washington is not a conventional chronological autobiography, but rather goes backwards and forwards in time and includes many of the his own poems. The result is a wonderfully immersive account of an often difficult, often heart-breaking life, one which he conveys brilliantly through his skill with words.