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Sixth & I

Sherman Alexie

Jun 20, 2017 • 7:00 pm ET
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You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me is a searing, deeply moving memoir about family, love, loss, and forgiveness from the critically acclaimed, bestselling, National Book Award-winning author of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.

Family relationships are never simple. But Sherman Alexie’s bond with his mother Lillian was more complex than most. She plunged her family into chaos with a drinking habit, but shed her addiction when it was on the brink of costing her everything. She survived a violent past, but created an elaborate facade to hide the truth. She selflessly cared for strangers, but was often incapable of showering her children with the affection that they desperately craved. She wanted a better life for her son, but it was only by leaving her behind that he could hope to achieve it. It’s these contradictions that made Lillian a beautiful, mercurial, abusive, intelligent, complicated, and very human woman.

When she passed away, the incongruities that defined his mother shook Alexie and his remembrance of her. Grappling with the haunting ghosts of the past in the wake of loss, he responded the only way he knew how: he wrote. The result is a deeply felt account of a complicated relationship, filled with raw, angry, funny, profane, tender memories of a childhood few can imagine, much less survive.

Alexie, a poet, short story writer, novelist, and performer, is the winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and the PEN/Malamud Award for Short Fiction, among other accolades. A Spokane/Cour d’Alene Indian, Alexie grew up in Wellpinit, Washington, on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Book signing to follow.

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