The first sentence of "Girl With Curious Hair" never fails to fill me with glee.
Thanks for the recommendation, I'll put that on my list of books to read. Have to agree, his style is street level-funny I feel, by coaxing the very comically absurd out of what's (well-observed, often tough) reality, and mostly keeping the believability intact (a joy to read, these scenes, even if weirdness trumps believability in the end).
Now, I am done with The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
by Sherman Alexie. Quick read, enjoyable as - likely - all his books (I have also read Reservation Blues
by him, if I recall correctly). The author sticks once more to his life-on-the (Native American) reservation setting; I feel he did all of this better in earlier works though, e.g. in the film Smoke Signals
(see it, if you haven't, it is a masterpiece!) for which Alexie wrote the screenplay adapting one of his short story collections, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven
. True Diary
is charming still and has some universal life lessons embedded that are worth discovering/getting reaquainted with, but there are stretches where I felt the protagonist coasted too obviously along a rather traditional "American dream" route.
I read the Anderson Press paperback edition
(ISBN13: 9781842708446), which features fun illustrations throughout that complement the story very well. Regular, good quality paperback as far as printing and binding goes.