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The Instant New York Times Bestseller

Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction

A searing, deeply moving memoir about family, love, loss, and forgiveness from the critically acclaimed, bestselling National Book Award-winning author of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.

Family relationships are never simple. But Sherman Alexie's bond with his mother Lillian was more complex than most. She plunged her family into chaos with a drinking habit, but shed her addiction when it was on the brink of costing her everything. She survived a violent past, but created an elaborate facade to hide the truth. She selflessly cared for strangers, but was often incapable of showering her children with the affection that they so desperately craved. She wanted a better life for her son, but it was only by leaving her behind that he could hope to achieve it. It's these contradictions that made Lillian Alexie a beautiful, mercurial, abusive, intelligent, complicated, and very human woman.

When she passed away, the incongruities that defined his mother shook Sherman and his remembrance of her. Grappling with the haunting ghosts of the past in the wake of loss, he responded the only way he knew how: he wrote. The result is a stunning memoir filled with raw, angry, funny, profane, tender memories of a childhood few can imagine, much less survive. An unflinching and unforgettable remembrance, YOU DON'T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME is a powerful, deeply felt account of a complicated relationship. One of the most anticipated books of 2017--Entertainment Weekly and Bustle

Biographies & Memoirs
June 13
Little, Brown and Company
Hachette Digital, Inc.

Customer Reviews

cyntada ,

Eye opening

Thank you so much for your strength to be so honest. Appreciate what you did to open my eyes!

PetPainter ,

This is a powerful read!

The honesty, the insight, the self expression and the further cultural and personal awareness that I have learned from this book is invaluable. Thank you Sherman Alexie. It is my hope that this book will be read by millions.

Tule River NDN Mother ,


Trying to catch my breathe, trying to hold back tears of joy, tears of grief, tears of love and understanding, the life of a Rez kid🏀I still play those old familiar jams,"family tradition".
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