Brooklyn, NY: Hanging Loose Press, 1992. First edition. Hardcover. 84pp. Slim octavo [23.5 cm] Dark green cloth with silver lettering on the backstrip and front board. Near fine. Item #57809
Inscribed by Alexie on the title page" "for____- / We have to believe in the power / of our imagination because it's all / we have as defense against pain / and changes. / Best- / Sherman / 2/12/92."
The author's first published poetry and short story collection, containing 40 poems and 5 stories, published when Alexie was merely 23, newly sober, and before he was to go on to become the internationally well-known screenwriter for the 1998 film "Smoke Signals," and in 2002, the screenwriter and director of "The Business of Fancy Dancing," based loosely on this book. The author has won numerous awards for his depictions of contemporary Indian reservation life. His story collection, "The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven" won the PEN/Hemingway Award for best first book of fiction, and his young-adult novel, "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" (2007) won him a National Book Award for Young People's Literature.
An introductory work by Alexie, produced in limited quantity, with a very inspirational inscription, inscribed long before Alexie's reputation had fully blossomed.