Reservation Blues

When Thomas Builds-the-Fire becomes the owner of a famous and magical guitar, it leads him on an incredible journey.  Along with bandmates Victor Joseph, Junior Polatkin, and sisters Chess and Checkers, Thomas leaves the small-town Spokane Indian reservation to conquer the Northwest with music and storytelling. 

"The word gone echoed all over the reservation. The reservation was gone itself, just a shell of its former self, just a fragment of the whole. But the reservation still possessed the power and rage, magic and loss, joys and jealousy. The reservation tugged at the lives of its Indians, stole from them in the middle of the night, watched impassively as the horses and salmon disappeared. But the reservation forgave, too."

Sherman Alexie is a poet, novelist, and short story writer.  His books include The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Reservation Blues, and War Dances.  He lives in Seattle, Washington.

Published:  1995
Length:  306 pages
Set in:  Washington, United States