“Growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation, Alexie had a troubled relationship with his difficult mother; after she died, the National Book Award winner was compelled to write about it.”
Featured in LA Times’ Best Non-Fiction Books of 2017.
“The National Book Award winner, already known for deeply personal explorations of his life, has now written his most personal book yet: a raw memoir of his relationship with his mom.”
Featured in NPR’s Book Concierge Great Reads of 2017.
You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me is a memoir by Sherman Alexie. Alexie is the critically acclaimed, bestselling National Book Award-winning author of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. This deeply moving memoir is about life, family, love, loss and forgiveness.
Alexie highlights that family relationships are not simple but his bond with his mother, Lillian is more complex that most other mother-son relationships.
Lillian is an alcoholic and has plunges her family into chaos time and time again with the bad drinking habit but the woman was able to kick the habit when it left her on the brink of losing everything.
Still, Lillian has survived a violent past and is able to shower strangers with caring that she cannot do so easily with her own child, caring that he desperately needed.
Lillian is a complicated woman with a host of adjectives that describe her personality perfectly including mercurial, abusive, passionate and intelligent.
It is only once she has left her son, Sherman, behind that he is about to achieve the better life that he sought. When Lillian passed away, Sherman grapples with his remembrance of her and tries to handle the loss and the haunting ghosts of his past.
As one of the most anticipated books of 2017 according to Entertainment Weekly and Bustle, this stunning memoir is one that gives heartbreaking insight into a past filled with pain, anger, loss, grief and tender memories. The words are a raw and unforgettable account into a very complicated relationship.
You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me was an instant New York bestseller and shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction.