This book was assigned to all Freshmen to be read the summer before Freshman year and to be discussed in Freshman seminars--we called it First Year Seminars, FYSEM for short.It's been eight years since I last picked it up. All I remember is that I enjoyed the aloof writing and the youthful narration and the displaced characters. There was an honesty to the short stories/long prose that was different, realistic, sarcastic, and funnier than anything I'd read up to that point. This was the book that made me interested in contemporary fiction. I especially like the foreword and how Alexie discussed his road to writing and how he's now finally "middle-class," which is an achievement for a Native American where he's from.brb, I'm gonna go and dig out my old tattered copy.