The Age of Innocence

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian – Plot Overview

Arnold Spirit Jr. (“Junior”) tells about his early life on the Spokane Indian reservation. How doctors predicted he would die from complications of hydrocephalus—his being born with excess spinal fluid on the brain. But, of course, Junior survived. The early condition, however, left Junior with a lisp and stutter. He had too many teeth and …

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian – Plot Overview Read More »

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian – Chapters 1-3

Summary: The Black-Eye-of-the Month Club Arnold Spirit, Jr. (“Junior”) describes how he was born with excess cerebral spinal fluid, or “water,” on his brain. A surgery to remove the fluid during Junior’s infancy is supposed to make him brain dead, but the complications turn out to be relatively minor. As he grows up, he ends …

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian – Chapters 1-3 Read More »

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian – Chapters 4-6

Summary: Because Geometry Is Not a Country Somewhere Near France Junior loves geometry, and he is excited for his first high school geometry class. Junior also likes masturbating, and he spends hours in the family bathroom with porn magazines. Everybody masturbates, Junior says, and everybody likes it. But he likes geometry even more than masturbating …

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian – Chapters 4-6 Read More »

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian – Chapters 16-18

Summary: Rowdy Gives Me Advice About Love Junior watches Penelope playing volleyball in a white shirt and white shorts, and he can see the outlines of her white bra and white panties. She is milky white, he says. Penelope’s Reardan team is losing to the Davenport Lady Gorillas, and Junior watches Penelope serve. Junior goes …

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian – Chapters 16-18 Read More »

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian – Chapters 19-21

Summary: My Sister Sends Me a Letter Mary writes Junior by hand this time. She complains that restaurants won’t hire her without experience, but that she can’t get experience without being hired. In the meantime, she’s started writing her life story. Mary and her husband have moved into a stainless steel trailer, and Mary calls …

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian – Chapters 19-21 Read More »