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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian


by Sherman Alexie

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Chapter 21 Summary

And A Partridge In A Pear Tree

  • Christmas comes and Junior's Dad takes what little money the family has and runs off to get drunk.
  • He comes back on January 2nd with a big ol' hangover.
  • He apologizes to Junior, who is pretty heartbroken about the whole thing.
  • His dad, though, does pull a crumpled five-dollar bill from his boot and gives it to Junior.
  • Knowing that his dad is a raging alcoholic, Junior is actually touched that he didn't spend the money on beer—but saved it for him.

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