Junior’s mother. An avid reader with an extraordinary memory for information, she would have gone to college if given the chance. Mom is an “ex-drunk” who has become religious since she quit drinking. In the aftermath of Grandmother’s death, she suffers from depression and anxiety and sometimes needs Junior to stay home because she is scared for him to leave. Though she and Dad worry about their family splitting up, they want the best for their children and are very supportive of Junior’s decision to transfer schools.
The timeline below shows where the character Mom 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 4 - Because Geometry Is Not a Country Somewhere Near France
Chapter 6 - Go Means Go
Chapter 12 - Slouching Toward Thanksgiving
Chapter 14 – Thanksgiving
Chapter 22 - Red Versus White
...about Reardan is Penelope—as well as Gordy, maybe—and the best thing about Wellpinit was his grandmother. He thinks his grandmother’s greatest gift was her tolerance, an “old-time Indian spirit” of forgiving... (full context)
Chapter 23 – Wake
...feeling guilty for years about keeping it. While Junior wonders why Ted has chosen his grandmother’s funeral for this confession, Ted explains that he learned from an anthropologist that the outfit... (full context)
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