Alexie, Sherman. “The Life and Times of Estelle Walks Above.” Ten Little Indians. New York: Open Road, 2003.
Reason read: June is Short Story Month
A man looks back at his childhood to paint a picture of his mother, Estelle. As a member of the Spokane Indian tribe and a force to be reckoned with, Estelle was by turns someone to admire and someone to avoid. Sounds like practically every mother I know. She spent most of her lift as a spiritual guru to white women as she adores their culture over her own.
Quote to quote, “I wasn’t a vegetarian by choice, I was a vegetarian by economic circumstance” (p 42).
Author fact: Alexie has won a National Book Award for Young People’s Literature.
Book trivia: Ten Little Indians actually only has nine stories.
Nancy said: Pearl included Alexie in her list of short stories she most enjoyed.
BookLust Twist: from More Book Lust in the chapter called “Good Things Come in Small Packages” (p 102).