Sherman Alexie was born on October 7, 1966 in the Spokane Indian Reservation in Washington. He suffered from childhood seizures and left the reservation to attend high school in the hopes of getting a better education. He is a writer, poet, filmmaker and occasionally a comedian. He has written 22 novels and he is known for, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven (PEN-Hemingway Special Citation Winner) and Smoke Signals (which was made into a movie). He was the National Book Award for Young Adult Literature for his semi-autobiographical book, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. It is considered breathtakingly written and shows the difficulties of a young man trying to break away from his way of life. Alexie has a multi-faceted storytelling ability and has cross-cultural appeal. He currently live with his family in Seattle, Washington.
Authors that are similar: Louise Erdrich, John Steinbeck, T. C. Boyle and Michael Chabon.