Junior’s father, who sings when he gets drunk, treasures an old saxophone from high school, and could have been a talented musician. Dad is an alcoholic who will disappear for days to drink, often when—and because—there is very little money in the house. Unlike Rowdy’s father, however, he would never hit a member of his family, and mostly becomes depressed after his drinking binges. Dad’s pride in Junior is very important to him. It’s Junior’s dad who convinces him to try out for basketball, and also makes Junior realize the irony of celebrating Reardan’s win against Wellpinit.
Dad Quotes in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
The The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian quotes below are all either spoken by Dad or refer to Dad. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Little, Brown and Company edition of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian published in 2009.).
Dad Character Timeline in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
The timeline below shows where the character Dad appears in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2 - Why Chicken Means So Much to Me
Chapter 8 - How to Fight Monsters
Chapter 9 - Grandmother Gives Me Some Advice
Chapter 12 - Slouching Toward Thanksgiving
Chapter 14 – Thanksgiving
Chapter 15 - Hunger Pains
Chapter 20 - Reindeer Games
Though Junior almost doesn’t go to basketball tryouts because he’s afraid of being humiliated, his dad convinces him to go, saying with uncharacteristic optimism, “You have to dream big to get... (full context)
Chapter 21 - And a Partridge in a Pear Tree
When Christmas Eve comes, Junior’s family doesn’t have enough money for presents. Junior’s dad is so depressed that—as he always does when there isn’t enough money—he takes the money... (full context)
Chapter 22 - Red Versus White
Chapter 24 - Valentine Heart
Chapter 25 - In Like a Lion
Chapter 27 - Because Russian Guys Are Not Always Geniuses
Chapter 28 - My Final Freshman Year Report Card
Chapter 29 - Talking About Turtles