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The story opens the collection The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven. Because of its position, "Every Little Hurricane" introduces one of the two main narrators of the book Victor and the setting he moves about: that of the Spokane Indian Reservation. The story takes place on New Year's Eve in the year 1976 while a tumultuous party (with a lot of fighting and driking) is going on at Victor's parents' house. The confusion at the party is mirrored by the stormy weather that is about to hit the reservation. In turn, the hurricane mirrors Victor's emotional unrest and his dilemma about what to do with his painful memories: trying to come to terms with them or forget them altogether? The story contains several flashbacks about Victor's childhood, specifically to the Christmas Days of four years before. These describe a childohood of poverty and humiliation because of ethnic discrimination. Through its setting, "Every Little Hurricane" introduces the major themes of the collection, most significantly the quest for a meaningful Native American identity that can set its subjects free from white exploitation and domination.
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