A hurricane touches down on the reservation, but Victor is more disturbed by the bad memories that the weather seems to bring up for the party guests, who become sick and even violent as they continue to drink. Victor climbs into bed with his parents, who are both passed out. The next morning, the hurricane is gone and life goes on as before.
This story introduces Victor, a character who appears in many stories in the collection. He grows from child to adult on the reservation, and his story is similar to Alexie’s in that he is one of the few people on the reservation to leave and attend college. Like Alexie, Victor will also have a brief, problematic relationship with alcohol before becoming sober as a young adult. In “Every Little Hurricane” - as well as the other stories where Victor appears as a child - Victor functions as an innocent observer. By narrating this and other stories from the perspective of a child, Alexie emphasizes the ways that problems on the reservation are harming not only the present residents but also the tribe’s future.
Love - especially complicated love - is a recurrent theme in The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven. In “Every Little Hurricane”, Alexie depicts familial love as deeply two-sided. On the one hand, Victor’s family has seen each other through many difficult times and has worked together to overcome racism and grinding poverty. However, they also hate each other at times. Alexie illustrates this complex dynamic through Victor’s uncles, Adolph and Arnold. “[Victor] could see his uncles slugging each other with such force that they had to be in love”, he writes. “Strangers would never want to hurt each other that badly” (2).
The title of “Every Little Hurricane”