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AP Literature: Lit Circles: Reservation Blues


"Scathingly funny...Reservation Blues never misses a beat, never sounds a false note." --Los Angeles Times


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Sherman Alexie (1966- )

Location: Spokane Indian Reservation, WA



Robert Johnson's at a new crossroads, this one in a small town called Wellpinit, Wash. It is here that he comes to seek out Big Mom, a local medicine woman, and, in so doing, leaves his famous guitar in the hands of misfit storyteller Thomas Builds-the-Fire.

Builds-the-Fire takes up Johnson's magical guitar and, along with Victor Joseph, Junior Polatkin and two Flathead Indian sisters named Chess and Checkers, goes on to build a reservation blues band that takes the Northwest by storm...