The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is a story filled with tragedy, yet made infinitely readable and enjoyable by the main character's sense of humor.
The first tragic incident happens in chapter two, when Junior's dog, Oscar, gets sick. Since there is no money to take him to a vet, his father takes the dog out back and shoots him.
Secondly, after deciding to transfer from Wellpinit High School to Reardan, a school predominantly for white children, Junior's life-long friend, Rowdy, disowns him.
Thirdly, on his first day at Reardan High, Junior is stared at and called crazy after he punches a white boy, which, while perfectly acceptable on the reservation, is unheard-of behavior in his new environment.
Fourth, upon arriving home from school one day, Junior discovers that his sister, Mary, who had previously been a recluse who seldom came out of the basement, has eloped and left for Montana with her new husband. This throws the family dynamic into upheaval and forms another...
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