SHERMAN ALEXIE’s relationship with his mother was complicated. Lillian showed love in unconventional ways. She was abusive, had a drinking problem, and was incapable of showing him and his siblings affection. In search of a better life, Sherman leaves, but returns home for Lillian’s funeral. In this hour, Marty speaks with Alexie, author of You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me, about his memoir that is made up of poems and chapters on growing up on an Indian reservation, family drama and brain surgery.