What is the climax of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian?

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Due to the episodic nature of Sherman's novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian does not have a proper climax necessarily. Several bumps occur during Junior's coming of age journey. While Junior does not begin the story in an ideal place (he comes from a poor family), his circumstances slowly become worse when he decides to go to the nearby white school rather than the reservation school. He loses the love of his best friend and the support of his tribe. His sister, Mary, elopes with a guy from another tribe and leaves the family. His grandmother is hit by a car and dies.

In the case of this novel, the climax could be considered the worst of these many blows—and if that is the case, then Mary's death in a trailer explosion is the contender. While Junior's loss of his grandmother is a hard blow, Mary's loss is even more traumatic, because she was young, talented, and had dreams for the future. Mary's death almost makes Junior give up on everything since it is so senseless...

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