November’s novel for Year of the Book: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian

November’s novel for the department of English Language and Literature’s Year of the Book is The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian book cover, courtesy of www.heardmuseumshop.comThe Absolutely True Diary is a young adult novel about 14-year-old Arnold Spirit, Jr., who lives on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Washington. Arnold is a talented cartoonist, and because of his talent, he begins attending high school in the nearby town of Reardan, Washington, which is nothing like the reservation he has grown up on.

The novel features 65 illustrations by Ellen Forney, which embellish the humorous as well as tragic and painful events of Arnold’s coming-of-age story.

SIUE students, faculty, staff, and area residents may purchase the novel at the University Bookstore and receive a 20 percent discount during the month of November. The book is also held at the Lovejoy Library and the Edwardsville Public Library.

On Wednesday, Nov. 5, English professor Dr. Jill Anderson will discuss The Absolutely True Diary at the Edwardsville Public Library at 7 p.m.

On Thursday, Nov. 8, local high schoolers and SIUE students will engage in discussion and share their favorite parts of the novel at 2 p.m. This event is open to readers of all ages.

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