You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie (EPUB)
A searing, deeply moving memoir about family, love, and loss from the critically acclaimed, bestselling National Book Award winner.
You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me
When his mother passed away at the age of 78, Sherman Alexie responded the only way he knew how: he wrote. The result is this stunning memoir. Featuring 78 poems, 78 essays and intimate family photographs, Alexie shares raw, angry, funny, profane, tender memories of a childhood few can imagine–growing up dirt-poor on an Indian reservation, one of four children raised by alcoholic parents. Throughout, a portrait emerges of his mother as a beautiful, mercurial, abusive, intelligent, complicated woman. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me is a powerful account of a complicated relationship, an unflinching and unforgettable remembrance.
Taking biographical events and turning them into fiction, Alexie applies a mix of humor to serious topics, especially when discussing the status of Native American life both on and off of reservations.
Although the memoir is full of Alexie’s humor, it is at times tough to read. As a child he suffered from encephalitis which left him prone to seizures, leaving his face malformed and the brunt of teasing and taunting by the rest of the reservation children.
The novel was full of self-deprecating humor which had me chuckling at difficult issues. Alexie chooses to diffuse his grief with humor as well. You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir is along these same lines of dark humor and was as much of a labor of love as Lillian’s quilts. Actually made the book, Glass Castle, seem tame.