Thursday, June 10, 2010
By: Sherman Alexie
Genre: North American Indian fiction. Blues Fiction
Winner of the American Book Award and the Murray Morgan prize.
"Scathingly funny, Reservation Blues never misses a beat, never sounds a false note"
One day legendary bluesman Robert Johnson appears on a Spokane Indian reservation- he was long presumed dead. He passes his enchanted intstrument to Thomas-Builds-The-Fire, a story teller, misfit and musican. The musical odyssey begins and takes them both to reservations, bars, the cement trails of Seattle and the concrete canyons of Manhatten.
This is a fresh, comic tale of power, tragedy and redemption among contemporary Native Americans.