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College Graduates Tell Their Life Stories. (New York: Cornell University Press, 1997.) Foreword.33Garron, 44.34Garron. 44-4535Garron, Andrew, and Colleen Larimore. eds. First Person, First Peoples: Native American College Graduates Tell Their Life Stories. (New York: Cornell University Press, 1997.) 137.36Garron. 13737Alexie, Sherman. Conversations with Sherman Alexie. (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2009.) 88.15
Alexie over the past two decades has given his characters problems that were once never an issue or hadn't existed yet. However, his writing has, like alcoholism and stereotypes, given a way to express what is really going on in a culture that is plagued with problems. Such as people losing a connection to their culture or falling through the cracks because of pasts ghosts. Like Davina's father from First Person, First People. She describes him as a wonderful man, her mother the same, friends and family even more. However, as Davina points out, he couldn't shake the past, the lost of his culture, his people, and instead went down the path of alcoholism, and falling to the world of stereotypes and despair.38However, there is a positive to all of this, and that is the stories of those who have experienced questioning themselves, their "Indian-ness" the horrific things that they must put up with. They have been the ones that have fought and challenged that identity, the lasting impressions left on them because they are an American Indian. Alexie fought and dealt with racism from both his own people and the world outside his reservation land. Now he is able to write about it and gives emotion to a problem that may have lacked it prior to the last two decades. Meanwhile Davina, Robert and countless of others who have faced the same situations and more in their own life. They have moved past that into more calm waters and are better for it. They like Erdrich, Silko, and Alexie can attempt to use that knowledge and those experiences of dealing with the alcoholism, the poverty, the moments where they question their own identity to help their own people, to better themselves, and attempt to move away from the ghosts of the past. ConclusionSherman Alexie is a prolific Native American author who understands that what he writeswill more often than not be controversial. However, it cannot be denied that Alexie has asserted 38Garron. 45.16
himself as one of the premiere authors of Native American literature in the past two decades. With millions of copies of his novels sold and award winning novels including the Boston-Globe-Horn Book Award for best fiction novel of 2008 in young adult literature for The absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian. His literature has also been apart of Native American literature courses around the United States and the world for universities and colleges. Without a doubt Alexie has made an impact, receiving countless of emails from children thanking him and asking questions about his works, and being welcomed warmly by readers of his work at public events in libraries across the United States and the world.

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