Reservation Blues: a novel

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In 1931, Robert Johnson allegedly sold his soul to the devil, receiving legendary blues skills in return. He went on to record only twenty-nine songs before being murdered on August 16, 1938. In 1992, however, Johnson suddenly appears on the Spokane Indian Reservation and meets Thomas Builds-the-Fire, the misfit storyteller of the Spokane Tribe.
So begins Reservation Blues, the mythic and musical tale of Coyote Springs, an all-Indian Catholic rock-and-roll band. With Thomas Builds-the-Fire as lead singer, Victor Joseph and Junior Polatkin on lead guitar and drums, and Chess and Checkers Warm Water on vocals, Coyote Springs takes their "four-and-a-half-chord rock and blues" to reservation bars, small town taverns, and the urban landscapes of Seattle and Manhattan.
Sherman Alexie brilliantly mixes narrative, newspaper excerpts, songs, journal entries, visions, radio interviews, and dreams to explore the effects of Christianity on Native Americans in the late twentieth century. More important, he examines cultural assimilation's impact on the relationship between Indian women and Indian men. Reservation Blues is a painful, humorous, and ultimately redemptive symphony about God and indifference, faith and alcoholism, family and hunger, sex and death.
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Grouping Titlereservation blues
Grouping Authorsherman alexie
Grouping Categorybook
Grouping LanguageEnglish (eng)
Last Grouping Update2021-09-21 04:50:06AM
Last Indexed2021-09-21 05:13:36AM
Novelist Primary ISBN9780871135940

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Winner of the American Book Award and the Murray Morgan Prize, Sherman Alexie's brilliant first novel tells a powerful tale of Indians, rock 'n' roll, and redemption
Coyote Springs is the only all-Indian rock band in Washington State—and the entire rest of the world. Thomas Builds-the-Fire takes vocals and bass guitar, Victor Joseph hits lead guitar, and Junior Polatkin rounds off the sound on drums. Backup vocals come from sisters Chess and Checkers Warm Water. The band sings its own brand of the blues, full of poverty, pain, and loss—but also joy and laughter.

It all started one day when legendary bluesman Robert Johnson showed up on the Spokane Indian Reservation with a magical guitar, leaving it on the floor of Thomas Builds-the-Fire's van after setting off to climb Wellpinit Mountain in search of Big Mom.

In Reservation Blues, National Book Award winner Alexie vaults with ease from comedy to tragedy and back in a tour-de-force outing powered by a collision of cultures: Delta blues and Indian rock.

This ebook features an illustrated biography including rare photos from the author's personal collection.

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subject_facetChristian fiction
Electronic books
FICTION -- General
FICTION -- Literary
Humorous fiction
Indian reservations
Indian reservations -- Fiction
Indians of North America -- Washington (State) -- Fiction
Native Americans -- Washington (State) -- Fiction
Rock musicians -- Fiction
Spokane Indians
Spokane Indians -- Fiction
Washington (State)
Washington (State) -- Fiction
title_displayReservation Blues A Novel
title_fullReservation Blues A Novel
Reservation blues : a novel / Sherman Alexie
Reservation blues : a novel [electronic resource] / Sherman Alexie
title_shortReservation Blues
title_suba novel
topic_facetChristian fiction
Electronic books
Humorous fiction
Indian reservations
Indians of North America
Native Americans
Rock musicians
Spokane Indians