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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

by Sherman Alexie

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What would you say the theme of the book is?

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One theme of the book is coming of age.  Childhood is hard, especially when you are trying to find yourself and handle a difficult home life.  At the same time, it is really a book about identity.  How do you establish yourself?  How much does where you come from impact who you’ll be?

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