Smoke Signals: A Screenplay

ISBN: 0786883928
ISBN 13: 9780786883929
By: Sherman Alexie

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About this book

Set in Arizona, Smoke Signals is the story of two Native American boys on a journey. Victor is the stoic, handsome son of an alcoholic father who has abandoned his family. Thomas is a gregarious, goofy young man who lost both his parents in a fire at a very young age. Through storytelling, Thomas makes every effort to connect with the people around him: Victor, in contrast, uses his quiet countenance to gain strength and confidence.When Victor's estranged father dies, the two men embark on an adventure to Phoenix to collect the ashes. Along the way, Smoke Signals illustrates the ties that bind these two very different young men and embraces the lessons they learn from one another.

Reader's Thoughts


the movie was awesome. memorable


This is a great example of a revisionist western from the American Indian perspective. In addition to focusing on reservation life, the characters in the story are handling a difficult family drama in which a son must go on a journey to see to his father's burial. This father, a severe alcoholic, abandoned the family in an attempt to escape his guilt from a terrible accident.It is, surprisingly, very funny. The main character is the lone wolf type, but he is forced to go on the journey with his dorky, annoying, and incredibly endearing acquaintance. Both men grow as the journey progresses. It's a great screenplay and an excellent movie.


This screenplay is pretty funny, but not my favorite Native American piece I have read.


This is a screenplay, so it was interesting to read from that perspective. I love Sherman Alexie's writing but I feel like a lot of the beauty gets lost in the stage directions. This is basically a film made up of the short stories included in "The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven" so I would recommend just reading the short stories.The book does include a description of which scenes were changed in the movie and why. So I imagine if you were really into film makeing, or just a fan of behind the scenes information it would be really great. As I am not really either I only found it mildly interesting and only read about 1/3 of the commentary at the end.


LOL, I loved the native humor :)

Dakota Lane

what a brilliant darling funny one this is.

Jay Michael

one of the best


ok, I didn't read it but the movie was great!


This is a movie adaptation of one of Sherman Alexie's short stories. When Victor's father dies, he must leave the reservation to go to Phoenix, Arizona to collect his remains. Victor has no way of getting there until Thomas (a young Indian storyteller that is the equivalent of an Indian Geek) offers to pay the way. The catch is that Victor must take Thomas with him. The two men have a history dating back to infancy, when Victor's father had saved Thomas from the house fire that had killed his parents. In more than a journey of miles, Victor comes to a better understanding of his relationship with Thomas, and his strained relationship with his father.Even better than the movie, because it includes a proloque by Alexie and production notes in the back. Enjoyable, like all of Alexie's books.


Read this with my class every year. They love it and I love it.

Nicole Crocker

The story is good, I just wish it was longer! :)


My favorite and first Sherman Alexie! My favorite contemporary author!

Kelly Bordes

This was a really fast read and the first screenplay I have ever read. It made me want to watch the movie! I like Sherman Alexie, but I would rather read something else of his!


Love this movie but after analyzing it in English, one looks at it in a different light. It takes you on your journey.


Great movie and powerful and funnyI could go on and on

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