The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Additional Summary

Sherman Alexie

Chapter 1 Summary

In this first chapter, the narrator, Junior, introduces himself.  He was born with "water on the brain", and when he was six months old had to undergo surgery which he was not supposed to survive.  Obviously, Junior did survive the surgery, but he has a variety of physical problems resulting from brain damage sustained during the operation.

One of Junior's anomalies is that he ended up having forty-two teeth.  He had to have the extra ones pulled out by the Indian Health Service dentist, but since the Health Service funded major dental work only once yearly, he had to have all ten pulled at once, with only half the usual amount of Novocain, because the white dentist believed Indians "only felt half as much pain as white people".  Junior also has to wear "ugly, thick, black plastic" eyeglasses, and is extremely skinny, with huge hands and feet.  His skull is enormous, and he is prone to seizures.

In addition to the above-named handicaps, Junior also has a stutter and a lisp, which make him the object of much teasing by his peers.  At fourteen years old, he has been branded "a retard", and to avoid being beaten up regularly, he spends a lot of time alone in his room reading books and drawing cartoons.

Junior is a good cartoonist, who likes to draw because "words are too unpredictable...but...when you draw a picture, everybody can understand it".  He also draws because he would like to become rich and famous, and he sees the arts as the only avenue by which someone like him might someday escape the reservation.

Chapter 2 Summary

Junior knows that his cartoons "will never take the place of food or money".  He wishes he were magical and could make the things he draws - like "a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, or a fist full of twenty dollar bills" - real, but he knows he cannot.  Junior dislikes being poor, because oftentimes he and his family must go hungry, but lack of food is not the worst thing about poverty.

The worst thing about poverty is not being able to help those you love.  Last week, Junior's "best friend" Oscar got really sick.  Oscar was "only an adopted stray mutt", but he was more precious to Junior than any person in his life.  He told his mother that Oscar needed to see the vet, but his Mom regretfully told him there was no money for Oscar.  Junior begged his Mom, offering to get a job and pay the doctor back, but then realized that there were no jobs that a reservation Indian boy could get.  There was nothing he could do to save Oscar.

When Junior's Dad came home, he took his rifle from the closet and told Junior to carry Oscar outside.  Junior was furious, but then noticed that his Dad was crying.  Junior could not blame his parents for the family's poverty.  They too once had dreams, but "they never got the chance to be anything because nobody paid attention to their dreams".  Realizing that he was helplessly trapped in the cycle of poverty, Junior gently picked up Oscar and took him outside. He ran away as fast as he could so as not to hear the sound of the shot, but could not escape the "boom of (his) father's rifle when he shot (his) best friend".  Bitterly, Junior reflects that a bullet "only costs...two cents...anybody can afford that".

Chapter 3 Summary

Rowdy, "the toughest kid on the rez", is Junior's "best human friend".  Although he "fights everybody", he cares about Junior and always tells him the truth.  Rowdy's father is a hard drinker and is always punching Rowdy and his mother.  Although Junior's parents are drunks too, they are not violent, and, since Junior's house is a comparatively "safe place", Rowdy spends most of his time there.

On this particular day, Rowdy wants to go to the powwow.  Junior likes the dancers and singers at the powwow, but he does not like the Indians who attend and get drunk and get into fights.  Junior is also afraid someone he knows will recognize him and pick on him, but Rowdy, promising to stick up for him, convinces him to go.  At the powwow, Rowdy trips and bumps into a window, and when Junior laughts, Rowdy goes into one of his infamous rages.  Junior runs, but is accosted by the Andruss brothers, who, at age thirty, are "the cruelest triplets in the history of the world".  The brothers make fun of Junior and beat him up, and when Rowdy finds out, he resolves to seek revenge for his friend.  When the Andruss boys fall asleep in their camp, Rowdy sneaks in, shaves their eyebrows, and cuts off their braids, which is "about the worst thing you can do to an Indian guy".

Rowdy loves comic books, and Junior's cartoons make him laugh.  Rowdy is a dreamer, just like Junior, and he only talks about his dreams with his friend.  Junior thinks Rowdy may be the most important person in his life.

Chapter 4 Summary

Junior is fourteen, and is happy about starting high school.  He is especially anxious to take his first geometry class.  Unlike his sister, Mary Runs Away, Junior is excited about school and life in general.  When Mary finished high school she "didn't go to college...didn't get a job...didn't do anything".  Although she is "beautiful and strong and funny", she spends her days alone in the basement.

Mr. P, Junior's geometry teacher, is "a weird-looking dude".  The tribe houses all the teachers at the reservation school in cottages on-site, and sometimes Mr. P forgets to come to school, and, when summoned, ends up teaching in his pajamas.  Junior has had some strange teachers before, but Mr. P isn't like them.  He is "just sleepy". Junior thinks Mr. P "is a lonely old man who used to be a lonely young man", who, like many lonely white people "love to hang around lonelier Indians".

When Mr. P passes out the geometry books, Junior is ecstatic.  He cracks it open with great anticipation, and is stunned to read inside the front cover, "This book belongs to Agnes Adams".  Agnes Adams is Junior's mother, and Junior is horrified when he realizes that the books are "at least thirty years older than (he) (is)".  The awareness that he is not important enough to merit anything better than that "old, old, old...geometry book" hits Junior's heart "with the force of a nuclear bomb", and his "hopes and dreams (float) up in a mushroom cloud".

Chapter 5 Summary

Junior is suspended when, in a rage at realizing his geometry book is over thirty years older than he is, he throws the book and hits his teacher in the face.  While he is serving his suspension, Mr. P comes to visit him at home.  The teacher tells Junior that hitting him with the book is "probably the worst thing (he's) ever done", but then confesses that, as part of the white race, he himself has been greatly unjust to Junior and his people.  Mr. P says that he "hurt a lot of Indian kids when (he) was a young teacher", having been instructed that the best way to deal with his Native American students was to "make (them) give up being Indian".  He reveals to Junior that Junior's sister Mary, who spends her days watching television in the basement, was "the smartest kid (he) ever had".  Mary had wanted to be a writer, but never found the courage or confidence to pursue her dreams.

Mr. P tells Junior that he, like his sister, is "a bright and shining star...the smartest kid in the school".  He says that Junior deserves better than what Indians on the reservation are allowed, and that the only way he will find a better life is if he leaves the reservation.  Mr. P tells Junior that the only thing reservation kids are being taught is "to give up"; his friend Rowdy has already given up, and that's why he's so mean.  Junior, however, still has hope in his heart, and the only way for him to keep that hope is to "go somewhere where other people have hope".

Chapter 6 Summary

Junior thinks about his life and what Mr. P has told him.  When his parents come home, he asks them, "Who has the most hope?"  Both of his parents, without hesitation, answer that "white people" have the most hope.  Junior then tells them that he wants to transfer schools.

Junior does not want to go to Hunters, a school on the west end of the reservation "filled with poor Indians and poorer white kids", nor does he want to attend Springdale, a school on the reservation border "filled with the poorest Indians and poorer-than-poorest white kids".  He has set his sights on Reardan, which is located in a rich, white farm town twenty-two miles away.  Reardan is "a hick town...filled with farmers and rednecks and racist cops who stop every Indian that drives through", but it also has one of the state's best small schools, with a computer room, big chemistry lab, a drama club, and two basketball courts.

Junior can't believe it when he hears himself saying he wants to go to Reardan.  His parents, however, quickly agree to his plans.  Junior realizes that his parents really do love him and his sister, and want to help them, and that, though his parents are drunks, "they don't want their kids to be drunks".

It will be hard for Junior to attend Reardan.  There is no transportation, and the other Indians will be angry that Junior is leaving.  Junior knows, though, that if he doesn't do this now, he never will.

Chapter 7 Summary

Junior tells Rowdy about his plans to go to Reardan.  He knows that Rowdy might get angry, but Rowdy "was (his) best friend and (Junior) wanted him to know the truth".  He tells Rowdy that he is leaving the rez, and that he wants Rowdy to go with him.  Rowdy at first does not take Junior seriously.

When Junior thinks about Reardan, he has a picture in his mind of the school against which his own school played flag football, basketball, and baseball last year, and lost embarrassingly every time.  The only student from his own school who had any success at all in any of those games was Rowdy.  Junior remembers that even in the Academic Bowl competition in which the schools engaged the year before, his own school lost by "a grand total of 50-1".  When Junior thinks about the kids from Reardan, he thinks of kids who are "beautiful and smart and epic...filled with hope".

Rowdy "absolutely hate(s)" the idea of Junior going to Reardan.  He becomes violently angry, and when Junior reaches out to him, Rowdy starts crying.  When Rowdy realizing that he is crying, he begins to scream, making a sound that is "the worst thing (Junior'd) ever heard...it was pain, pure pain".  Junior tells Rowdy that he has to go, or he will die, and that Rowdy can go with him, but Rowdy, overcome by rage, punches his best friend in the face.

Chapter 8 Summary

Dad drives Junior the twenty-two miles to Reardan on his first day.  He tells his son to just remember, that "those white people aren't better than (him)".  Junior does not believe him, but he does gain strength from his father's obvious love for him.  Dad tells Junior that he is "brave...a warrior".  It is "the best thing he could have said".

There is no one at school yet when Junior gets there.  When they white kids finally do begin to arrive, they just stare at him.  Ironically, Reardan's mascot is an Indian, which makes Junior "the only Indian in town".

Junior is assigned to Mr. Grant's homeroom.  Mr. Grant is "a muscular guy...a football coach".  A blond girl asks Junior his name.  Her name is Penelope.

When Mr. Grant calls roll, he calls Junior by his "name name", Arnold Spirit.  Penelope is angry that he had told her his name was Junior, so Junior has to explain  that "every other Indian calls him Junior", but he is both, Junior and Arnold.  He tells her he is from the reservation, and she says he talks funny.

Most of the kids at Reardan ignore Junior, but the big jocks call him lots of names.  One day, one of the boys, Roger, tells him a particularly offensive racist joke, and Junior punches him in the face.  According to the unspoken rules of peer interaction with which he had grown up on the reservation, Junior had acted correctly, but the white boys are shocked, and walk away, saying Junior is "crazy".  Realizing that the rules are different here, Junior is left completely confused.

Chapter 9 Summary

Junior goes home "confused...and terrified".  If he had punched an Indian in the face, he could expect retaliation, but when he had punched Roger in the face, the white boy just walked away.  Now Junior is afraid that Roger is going to kill him.  He wishes he could ask Rowdy what to do, but Rowdy hates him for leaving the reservation.  Junior talks to his grandmother instead.

Junior's wise grandmother thinks for awhile, and concludes that, by standing up to the "giant boy (who) is the alpha male of the school", Junior has earned his respect.   Junior loves his grandmother, but thinks her idea is crazy.

The next day, Dad cannot drive Junior to school because there is no money for gas.  Fortunately, his Dad's best friend Eugene just happens to be riding to Spokane on his motorcycle that morning, and he gives Junior a lift.  When Junior arrives at school, he sees Roger.  Certain that he is going to have to fight, Junior is surprised when Roger says, "Hey", and asks who that was who brought him to school.  Roger is "actually nice", speaking to Junior with "some respect", and paying respect to Eugene and his bike as well.  Junior thinks that maybe his grandmother's analysis of the situation was correct.

Feeling somewhat better about himself, he greets the beautiful Penelope when he gets into class.  She at first ignores him, then makes fun of him.  Ashamed, Junior realizes that though he "might have impressed the king...the queen still hated (him)".

Chapter 10 Summary

Junior remembers that when he was twelve, he fell in love with an Indian girl named Dawn.  She was beautiful and the best powwow dancer on the reservation, but she didn't care about him, and was definitely out of his league.  Junior recognizes that he is the type of guy who always falls in love "with the unreachable, ungettable, and uninterested".

One night, when Rowdy is spending the night at his house, Junior tells his friend about his feelings for Dawn.  Rowdy, ever the realist, advises Junior that he is "just being stupid...Dawn doesn't give a shit about (him)".  To Junior's embarrassment, Rowdy's blunt but truthful words make him cry; he has always cried too easily, when he's "happy or sad...(or) angry".  Junior thinks he is weak, "the opposite of warrior", and Rowdy unceremoniously tells his friend to stop crying.

Later, Junior asks Rowdy not to tell anyone that he cried over Dawn.  Rowdy responds that he has never told anyone any of Junior's secrets, and that he won't tell anyone that Junior cried "over a dumb girl".  True to his word, Rowdy never did.

Chapter 11 Summary

On Halloween, Junior goes to school dressed as "a homeless dude".  Coincidentally, Penelope goes dressed as a homeless woman.  Penelope compliments Junior on his costume, telling him that he looks "really homeless", and he tells her that she looks "really cute".  Penelope explains that she is not trying to be cute; her intent is to protest the treatment of the homeless in America.  She is going to ask for spare change instead of candy when she goes trick-or-treating, and will donate what she receives to the homeless.  Junior says that he is wearing his costume to protest the treatment of homeless Native Americans in this country, and that like Penelope, he will collect spare change as well.  The two decide to send in their donations together.

Later that night, Junior goes trick-or-treating, and actually does collect a good amount of spare change as well as candy.  Unfortunately, as he is walking home, he is attacked by three guys wearing Frankenstein masks, who beat him up and take his candy and money.  Junior hopes that one of them is not Rowdy.

When Junior tells Penelope what happened, she is sympathetic.  She touches "the huge purple bruise on (his) back", and says she will still put both their names on her donation when she sends it in.  Junior hopes he and Penelope will become closer after this, but not much changes.  He realizes that to make a "beautiful white girl" like Penelope love him, he will have to pretty much change everything about himself.

Chapter 12 Summary

Basically ignored by his peers, Junior is miserable in the weeks leading towards Thanksgiving.  He does realize, however, with a small sense of gratification, that he is "smarter than most of those white kids".  One day in geology class, he dares to correct the teacher during a lesson on petrified wood.  The teacher, "dangerously angry" at being challenged by an Indian, no less, is further infuriated when the "class genius", Gordy, affirms that Junior is right.  Junior later thanks Gordy for sticking up for him, but Gordy replies that he only did it in the name of science.

Transportation to and from school is difficult for Junior.  Sometimes his Dad drives him, but more often than not, Dad has wasted his money on gambling and drink, and there is nothing left for gas.  Sometimes Junior walks the entire twenty-two miles.

One day, when he gets home, Junior finds his mother crying.  His sister has run off and married a Flathead Indian she met at the casino and has moved to Montana.  Although he understands why his parents are devastated, he admires his sister's courage.  She is "trying to live out her dream".

Inspired by his sister, Junior approaches Gordy the next day and says he wants to be friends.  Gordy is "one weird dude" who loves computers and uses big words, but he, like Junior, is a social outcast.  The two do become friends, not like Junior and Rowdy used to be, but friends nonetheless.  Junior and Gordy study together, and best of all, through Gordy, Junior finds joy in learning.

Chapter 13 Summary

Junior receives an email from his sister shortly before Thanksgiving. She tells him that she loves it in Montana, and that Indians still ride horses there. She is looking for a job, and has sent out applications to all the restaurants on the reservation.

There are six or seven towns on the Flathead Reservation, and oddly, some of them are "filled with white people". Some of those white people are not fond of Indians, and one town, called Polson, actually once tried to secede from the reservation, but on the whole, Mary says that the people there are nice, "the whites and Indians".

Mary is especially excited about the great hotel on Flathead Lake where she and her new husband had their honeymoon. She...

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Chapter 14 Summary

On Thanksgiving, Mom makes a turkey, and Junior wonders why Indians celebrate Thanksgiving. He notes wryly that even though "the Indians and Pilgrims were best friends during that first Thanksgiving...a few years later, the Pilgrims were shooting Indians". He asks his Dad what Indians have to be so thankful for, and his Dad replies, only half-facetiously, that "We should give thanks that they didn't kill all of us".

Junior misses Rowdy, who for the past ten years had come over to the house on Thanksgiving to have a pie-eating contest with him. Later in the day, he draws a cartoon of himself and his former friend like they used to be. Junior goes over to Rowdy's, and when he knocks on the door, Rowdy's father...

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Chapter 15 Summary

During one especially boring history lesson, Junior excuses himself to go to the restroom. While he is there, he hears someone throwing up in the girls' restroom next door. He knocks on the door to ask if she is okay, and is told in no uncertain terms to go away. "Destiny" pulls him back, however, and he stops by the wall and waits.

It is Penelope who comes out of the restroom, chewing on a wad of cinnamon gum. She tells Junior that she is bulimic, but only when she is throwing up. Junior thinks she sounds like his father, who says he is an alcoholic only when he drinks. He tells Penelope, "Don't give up".

Penelope starts to cry and tell Junior how lonely she is, despite the fact that everyone thinks...

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Chapter 16 Summary

Junior is enchanted by Penelope's beauty. He watches her play volleyball, noticing the whiteness of her skin and the outline of her white bra and white panties under her uniform, and is mesmerized by the way she tracks the ball with her blue eyes and twists and turns when she serves. Junior does not know how to deal with what he is feeling.

Even though he suspects Rowdy still hates him, Junior emails his former friend, telling him that he is in love with a white girl, and asking him what to do. Rowdy writes back immediately, saying that he is "sick of Indian guys who treat white women like bowling trophies", and he tells Junior to "get a life". This is not what Junior wants to hear, so he decides to ask Gordy what...

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Chapter 17 Summary

Traveling between Reardan and Wellpinit on the reservation, Junior feels like a stranger; "half Indian in one place and half white in the other". He has hidden his poverty well in Reardan, "no one knows the truth".

When Junior asks Penelope to Winter Formal, he wears his father's old polyester suit, and must ask his date to meet him at the dance because he has no transportation for her. Penelope is not too happy about the latter arrangement, but fortunately, she loves Junior's outfit. The two have a wonderful time, dancing every dance.

Junior is relieved to have made it through the evening without having had to reveal his poverty, but after the dance, "Roger and a few of the other dudes" invite him and...

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Chapter 18 Summary

Junior is really missing Rowdy, so he goes to the computer lab, takes a digital photo of his face, and emails it to his former friend. Rowdy responds by emailing back a photo of his own bare behind. Rowdy's stunt makes Junior laugh, but it makes it depressed as well. Compared to Rowdy, the kids at Reardan, who are always so worried about "grades and sports and THEIR FUTURES", seem to be so repressed.

Gordy comes by and sees Rowdy's email. He asks Junior why Rowdy hates him, and Junior tells Gordy that "some Indians think you become white if you try to make your life better, if you become successful". Junior wonders what would happen if Gordy could come home with him and meet Rowdy. Maybe Rowdy would beat...

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Chapter 19 Summary

Junior receives a letter from his sister. The letter is very brief. Mary says that she is still looking for a job, but has not had much luck finding one. She is caught in a paradoxical situation in which no one will hire her because she doesn't have enough experience, but she can't get any experience if she doesn't have a job. Mary does not appear to be discouraged, however. She has a lot of free time, so she has begun writing her life story. She will call it "How to Run Away From Your House and Find Your Home".

After asking Junior to tell everyone she loves and misses them, Mary adds in a postscript that she and her husband have moved into a new house, which is "the most gorgeous place in the world". Junior...

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Chapter 20 Summary

Encouraged by his Dad, Junior tries out for the basketball team at Reardan. Of the forty boys who are trying out, sixteen will be cut, and Junior figures that he doesn't have a chance. He is surprised to discover that, after the first drill, a marathon run, four boys drop out. He begins to think he might have a chance after all.

The second drill is a full-court one-on-one. Junior is paired with Roger, who is one of the best players on the varsity. Junior is at first pathetically over-matched, but he refuses to quit. With pure tenacity and smart strategy, he manages to hold his own against the much bigger Roger, and earns the respect of Roger, the coach, and a place on the varsity.

Ironically, Reardan's...

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Chapter 21 Summary

There is no money for presents at Christmas that year. In an action that is the result of his feelings of inadequacy and that also frustratingly perpetuates the family's condition, Junior's Dad does "what he always does when (they don't) have enough money...he (takes) what little money (they do) have and ran away to get drunk". Dad is gone from Christmas Eve until the second day of the New Year.

Junior's Dad comes home and apologizes about Christmas, and Junior says "it's okay", but he realizes that it is not okay. Junior does not undertand why he keeps "protecting the feelings of the man who (has) broken (his) heart yet again". Then his Dad tells Junior that he got him something, and instructs him to look in his...

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Chapter 22 Summary

Junior has learned that there are good and bad things about being white, just as there are good and bad things about being Indian. He has noticed that there are white parents, "especially fathers, who never come to the school...for their kids' games (or) concerts", and that people in Reardan have a tendency to "be strangers to each other". In contrast, on the reservation, "everybody knows everybody".

Junior thinks about his grandmother, who was the most amazing person in his life at the reservation because of her great capacity for tolerance. Junior says that "ever since white people showed up...Indians have gradually lost all of their tolerance...(they) can be just as judgmental and hateful as any white person"....

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Chapter 23 Summary

At Junior's Grandmother's wake, almost two thousand Indians show up, and they have to have the ceremony on the football field. Junior is surprised and grateful that, on that day, no one gives him a hard time about leaving the reservation, not even Rowdy. Sadly, Junior's sister Mary is not able to attend, but she promises to respect Grandmother in her own way, singing "one hundred mourning songs" in Montana.

Everyone has stories to tell about Grandmother. About ten hours into the wake, a "billionaire white dude" named Ted steps forward. The crowd groans inwardly as Ted proclaims how much he loves the Indian people, and explains how, as a long-time art collector, he came across "a very beautiful powwow dance outfit"....

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Chapter 24 Summary

A few days after Valentine's Day, Junior's Dad's best friend Eugene is shot in the face in a fight over a bottle of wine. His death comes right on the heels of the passing of Junior's Grandmother. To deal with their grief, Junior's Dad goes on a drinking binge, and his Mom goes to church. To Junior, everything on the reservation seems to be about "booze and God, booze and God", and he feels helpless and stupid, and angry, especially at God.

Gordy shows Junior a book written by Euripides, from the play Medea. Junior is especially impressed by a line that says, "What greater grief than the loss of one's native land?" Junior realizes that this is what has happened to the Indians. They have LOST...

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Chapter 25 Summary

To his surprise, Junior has become one of the best players on the basketball team. He thinks it has something to do with confidence, and living up to expectations. Since their loss to Willpinit, the Reardan team has gone undefeated. His fellow teammates are becoming legendary in the town, and, although in some inexplicably way, he is still an outsider, Junior has hopes that someday, he will establish his own legacy, and the townspeople will be comparing some kid to him.

Reardan is scheduled to play Wellpinit again, this time at home. The Wellpinit team is unbeaten, and Rowdy is their star player. Reardan's coach decides to start Junior, and assigns him the job of guarding his old friend. Junior doesn't think he...

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Chapter 26 Summary

In this very short chapter, Junior emails Rowdy a few days after the end of basketball season, apologizing for how things turned out when their two schools last played each other. Rowdy responds with a typically insulting pledge to "kick (Reardan's) asses next year". Junior is heartened by Rowdy's reply. Although it is exceedingly brief and crude, it was also "a little bit friendly", reminiscent of the way the two friends used to interact before Junior left the reservation. Realizing that this is the first time that Rowdy has actually talked to him since that time, Junior is happy.

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Chapter 27 Summary

Junior muses that the biggest difference between Indians and white people is that so many more Indians die young, and that of the deaths he himself has experienced, about ninely percent of them have been because of alcohol. As he sits in chemistry class one day, Junior is dealt the most devastating blow of his young life. The guidance counselor comes to tell him that his Dad is coming to pick him up, because his beloved sister Mary has died.

Mary and her husband had had a big party in their little trailer home in Montana. There had been lots of drinking, and Mary and her husband had been passed out in the back bedroom when the trailer burned down. At Mary's burial, Junior's Mom is hysterical with grief, slapping him...

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Chapter 28 Summary

Junior goes to the cemetery with his parents to clean up the graves of Grandmother Spirit, Eugene, and Mary. His Mom has packed a picnic lunch, and his Dad has brought his saxaphone. His parents kiss and hold hands, and when Junior tells them they "can't make out in a graveyard", his Dad replies sagely that "it's all love and death".

Junior's Mom tells him she is proud of him, and Junior thinks about his sister, who was courageous because "she went searching for her dreams...she didn't find them, but she made the attempt". He recognizes that in daring to transfer to Reardan, he too is making "the attempt"; he understands that maybe, like Mary, his own attempt will kill him too, but he has no regrets. Junior cries...

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Chapter 29 Summary

The school year is over, and Junior is back on the reservation, which is beautiful. There are pine trees everywhere, and Junior remembers a day when he and Rowdy were nine or ten, and they decided to climb the tallest tree over by Turtle Lake. The tree was over one hundred feet tall, and they could have died, but they "weren't afraid of falling that day". Their original intent was to go swimming in Turtle Lake, which in itself was an extremely scary undertaking because of the weird legends that surrounded it, but as it was, they ended up climbing to the top of the highest tree. Looking back, Junior can't believe they did that, just like he can't believe that he survived his first year at Reardan. He misses his friends from school;...

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