I never know what to expect from Alexie, but with this book, my record with him is 3 (War Dances, The Absolutely True Diary. . ., The Lone Ranger and Tonto. . .) and 1 (Reservation Road). I’m not sure what to call this collection. I don’t think it’s stories. It’s not a novel. It’s, uh, multi-genre. Poems, interviews, stories, a haiku (of sorts) and some autobiography? Does that make it creative non-fiction? Does it matter? Do genres matter? All I know is that I liked it and, if not for “The Ballad of Paul Nonetheless,” (not a song) could see using it in a class. His observations, from a surprisingly diverse variety of perspectives, are sharp and his writing incisive. I’d read it again.

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