Alexie talked about his own Native American identity and how he often contradicts other people’s expectations. He also said the ideal reader for his young adult book is a “poor, brown male” because,
It means they have a chance. It means my book gave them a sliver of light in their lives. Because books are going to save you. If you’re a poor kid in this country, the only thing that’s going to save you is books. That’s your only chance. And to have a kid fall in love with books because of mine? That’s incredible.
Have you read Sherman Alexie’s work? What spoke to you in his writing?