The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
by Sherman Alexie
I'm using this book in my current book study at work. As we explore this book together, I try to sneak looks at my students during poignant moments. I chose this work because I felt my students, in particular, might connect to the central character, Arnold/Junior. They do. I see emotion on their faces even if they're unwilling or unable to speak about it when we discuss the day's selection. Hearing it read by the author adds authenticity, as well.
I know there's been all kinds of stuff about Sherman Alexie. For me, I appreciate and love his work regardless of his personal choices and history. So he's human; he owns his decisions and actions then followed up with appropriate apologies and changes. That said, he did some unforgivable things. Is it okay to separate a person from their work?
To get back to the book study...
I can't wait to finish, we're almost there, so we can discuss the main topics and ideas, then ask my alternative students if they can love a person's work regardless of that person's choices.
What would we have done on social media to Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Kerouac if given the opportunity?