Author: Sherman Alexie
Narrator: Adam Beach
Publication Info: [Ashland, Ore.] : Blackstone Audio, p2008.
This novel is told from the point-of-view of “Zits,” a teenager of Native American heritage being passed through the foster care system and acting out in response. After growing increasingly and gruesomely violent, Zits is magically transported into other peoples’ bodies at different times in history including an FBI agent working against the indigenous rights movement, an Indian child at the time of the Battle of Little Big Horn, an Indian tracker working for the 19th-century U.S. Army, a pilot who trained an Islamic terrorist, and his own father. These experiences help him learn the effects of violence both a personal decision and societal impact. This is a pretty grim book but Alexie’s characterization of Zits brings an element of humor as well. The conclusion of the book is a bit corny, but I think it’s an effective story reflecting on some serious issues in American history and today.