Alexie's writing is like the swooping owl featured in one of the stories in this collection-encounter it once, and you'll never forget it. I've already promoted this work in LJ's BookSmack! e-newsletter as a featured galley giveaway at BEA, but I'm glad to plug it again. With a nine-city tour; reading group guide.

Fresh off his National Book Award win, Alexie delivers a heartbreaking and hilarious collection of stories that explores the precarious balance between self-preservation and external responsibility in art, family, and the world at large.