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Reservation Blues

(1995)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Novel (nominee)
Winner of the American Book Award and a critically acclaimed national best seller, Reservation Blues continues to find new and adoring readers in academic and popular circles alike. In 1931, Robert Johnson allegedly sold his soul to the devil, receiving legendary blues skills in return. He went on to record only twenty-nine songs before being murdered on August 16, 1938. In 1992, however, Johnson suddenly reappears on the Spokane Indian Reservation and meets Thomas Builds-the-Fire, the misfit storyteller of the Spokane Tribe. When Johnson passes his enchanted instrument to Thomas — lead singer of the rock-and-roll band Coyote Springs — a magical odyssey begins that will take the band from reservation bars to small-town taverns, from the cement trails of Seattle to the concrete canyons of Manhattan. Sherman Alexie imaginatively mixes narrative, newspaper excerpts, songs, journal entries, visions, radio interviews, and dreams to explore the effects of Christianity on Native Americans in the late twentieth century. In addition, he examines the impact of cultural assimilation on the relationships between Indian women and Indian men. Reservation Blues is a painful, humorous, and ultimately redemptive symphony about God and indifference, faith and alcoholism, family and hunger, sex and death.

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Hardback Editions

December 1996 : USA Turtleback
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Title: Reservation Blues
Author(s): Sherman Alexie
ISBN: 0-606-25307-6 / 978-0-606-25307-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Demco Media
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September 1996 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Reservation Blues
Author(s): Sherman Alexie
ISBN: 0-613-17473-9 / 978-0-613-17473-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Topeka Bindery
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April 1995 : USA Hardback
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Title: Reservation Blues
Author(s): Sherman Alexie
ISBN: 0-87113-594-9 / 978-0-87113-594-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press
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Paperback Editions

February 2005 : USA Paperback
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Title: Reservation Blues
Author(s): Sherman Alexie
ISBN: 0-8021-4190-0 / 978-0-8021-4190-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grove Press
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September 1996 : USA Paperback
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Title: Reservation Blues
Author(s): Sherman Alexie
ISBN: 0-446-67235-1 / 978-0-446-67235-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
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January 1996 : UK Paperback
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Title: Reservation Blues
Author(s): Sherman Alexie
ISBN: 0-7493-9513-3 / 978-0-7493-9513-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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Kindle Editions

October 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Reservation Blues: A Novel
Author(s): Sherman Alexie
Publisher: Open Road Media
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