You Don't Have to Say You Love Me - Sherman Alexie

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“How does one deliver an honest eulogy?” Alexie asks. And “how does one commemorate / the ordinary?” The answer is to remember, confess, pray, rant, and ask more questions. Alexie does all these and more in this powerful, poignant memoir of his mother, a woman so complex she’s “an entire tribe of contradictions.” Did she love him? Did he love her? He answers yes, but worries the questions through stories that are by turns angry, funny, and raw, and through a dazzling range of poems that include everything from ballads to rhymed couplets to a tour-de- force sequence of 52 haiku, each as perfect as the squares in the quilts his mother sewed to support the family. While his father steadily drank himself to death, Alexie’s mother was a recovering alcoholic who kept her family alive, if sometimes hungry, in an unfinished HUD house on the Spokane Indian Reservation. She was honored by her tribe for her strength and generosity, yet she was often cruel to her children. With this jarring inconsistency at the heart of his brave, compassionate book, Alexie traces a lineage of violence so powerful it causes victims to become perpetrators.
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ISBN: 9780316270755
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Published: Little Brown and Company - June 13th, 2017

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