The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Chapter Summaries

Sherman Alexie

Chapters 1-7 Summary and Analysis


The narrator, a fourteen-year-old Spokane Indian born with a birth defect that left him with a variety of physical disabilities, introduces himself as an individual who has had to overcome challenges from the the first day of his life. In addition to speech impediments and a proneness to seizures, the narrator suffered with ten extra teeth and impaired vision. Indian Health Service was supposed to help with these latter issues, but under its rules, major dental work was funded only once a year, and all ten teeth had to be removed at once with a minimum of anesthesia, since the white dentist believed that Indians "only felt half as much pain as white people did." As for eyeglasses, the narrator...

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