A Novel

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"In the lawless, drought-ridden lands of the Arizona Territory in 1893, two extraordinary lives collide. Nora is an unflinching frontierswoman, alone in a house abandoned by the men in her life--her husband, who has gone in search of water for the parched household, and her two older sons, who have gone in search of their father after his return is delayed. Nora is biding her time with her youngest son, a boy with a bad eye who is convinced that a mysterious beast is stalking the land around their home, and a seventeen year old maid named Josie, her husband's cousin who communes with spirits. Lurie is the son of a dead dockworker, a former outlaw, and a man haunted by ghosts--he sees lost souls who want something from him, and he finds reprieve from their longing in an unexpected relationship that inspires an epic journey across the West. The way in which Nora and Lurie's stories intertwine is the surprise and suspense of this brilliant novel. Mythical, lyrical, and sweeping in scope, Inland showcases all of Téa Obreht's talents as a writer, as she subverts and reimagines the classical American genre of the Western, making it entirely--and unforgettably--her own"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Random House,, [2019]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780812992861
Branch Call Number: FICTION Obreht 2019
Characteristics: 374 pages ; 25 cm


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LPL_ShirleyB Aug 13, 2019

A heady, luminous & mystical adventure of two intertwined historical sagas in the dry, haunted Western American landscape with contemporary relevance in such themes as drought, immigration, manifest destiny and Indigenous land rights. Author Téa Obreht is originally from Belgrade, Serbia. Thanks to Téa Obreht and Random House for an advance review copy!

SFPL_danielay Jul 23, 2019

Two story lines thread through this novel, one centered on frontierswoman Nora on a drought-striken farm awaiting her husband's return with much-needed water, the other on former outlaw Lurie criss-crossing the West on his camel (yes, you read that right). Each story could stand on its own but how, if and when these two story lines will meet creates tension and suspense in a not necessarily plot-driven novel. Highly recommended.


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