This memoir is filled with grief over the failings of Alexie's mother, as well as grief over things left unsaid and undone. Lillian Alexie lived a tragic but typical life of a Spokane Indian, dealing with alcoholism, abuse, and mental health issues. How could her son escape the same fate without turning his back on his culture? Alexie patches together the pieces of his life that have shaped the person he has become, as unique and beautiful as the quilts that were his mother's legacy.
A searing, deeply moving memoir about family, love, and loss from the critically acclaimed, bestselling National Book Award winner.
When his mother passed away at the age of seventy-eight, Sherman Alexie responded the only way he knew how: he wrote. The result is this stunning memoir. Featuring seventy-eight poems and seventy-eight essays, Alexie shares raw, angry, funny, profane, tender memories of a childhood few can imagine-growing up dirt-poor on an Indian reservation, one of four children raised by alcoholic parents.
Throughout, a portrait emerges of his mother as a beautiful, mercurial, abusive, intelligent, complicated woman. You Don't Have to Say You Love Me is a powerful account of a complicated relationship, an unflinching and unforgettable remembrance.