War Dances is Sherman Alexie’s latest book of short stories, with some poems thrown in between the stories. I enjoyed it, just as I’ve enjoyed his other work, but this collection was a little uneven – some stories were much more entertaining or powerful than others. My favorite turned out to be the last story, “Salt,” about a young newspaper intern who must write an obituary for the paper’s obituary editor.
Sherman Alexie is a confrontational writer. He’s not afraid to express strong opinions through his characters – to dare you to argue with him. I happen to like that in a writer – and if you do too, you should read this book. Overall, the stories in War Dances are bright, contemporary, and bold – and definitely worth checking out.
— Review by Liz Galoozis, Reference Librarian/Coordinator of User Education
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