The Question and Answer section for The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
The laughter and the tear are both born in memories..... sadness for the loss of a loved one and laughter for all of the precious memories they leave behind.
I think Gordy has this completely right. Society imposes powerful social codes on conformity that demands people give up traits that are unique to them. High school is especially hard: forced conformity is often the basis for how individuals are...
Junior knows that Rearden, a white school, is his only chance to escape the poverty of the "Rez". Junior understands that he needs a good education to escape the cycle of poverty and abuse so common in Wellpinit.