Inland

Inland

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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: 2019
ISBN: 9780679644118
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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gordymyers
Dec 06, 2019

Feel the thirst!
Inland has been well worth the wait; a flawless work of art, a very enjoyable reading experience.
Ms. Obreht is a fabulous storyteller, on par with the best. She takes the reader into the parched Arizona desert during the severe drought of the 1890’s where we join the characters of "Inland", feeling the deadly heat and lack of water. That is the setting for two converging stories. And as in her first novel, "The Tiger’s Wife", you will be treated to stories within the stories which contain frequent contact with the “other living”.
For me, this was a vocabulary lesson. I learned a dozen or more new words. Have your Webster’s close by. Also, there are several historical people and events referred to or alluded to which were not covered in my high school American History class. Although not necessary, you too may enjoy researching those.

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Missmrecommends
Oct 17, 2019

Pretty sure I will never read another of her books. I was disappointed in Tiger's Wife, and this one also. She writes well, but good writing isn't the only thing a book needs to live. I find her characters appalling and unlikeable, and hate spending time in their presence.

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mtipping
Sep 20, 2019

Just OK, camels and the West. Kind of hard to follow.

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EmilyEm
Sep 14, 2019

After 60 pages, I had two great character studies of the protagonists’ hardscrabble beginnings, but a very thin thread of plot. I counted her previous 'The Tiger’s Wife' one of my year’s best in 2011. Her writing this one set in 1890s Arizona Territory is quite a departure. After seeing good comments I may need to return to it sometime when I can be more contemplative!

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Katie_Dublin
Aug 29, 2019

A beautifully written tale of quiet sorrow.

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laphampeak
Aug 29, 2019

A rich story containing vast and diverse peoples of late 1800s America - Utes, Mormons, Christians, Navaho, Turk.
Nora, one of two main characters, talks to her dead daughter as the reader settles into her settler situation of drought and danger. Lurie brings a traveling, camel master/outlaw to contrast the representation of the time.
Obrecht fills us with rich contemplative thought: "The longer I live, Burke, the more I have come to understand that extraordinary people are eroded by their worries while the useless are carried ever forward by their delusions..."
Take your time. This book demands immersion.

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Audrey_1974
Aug 25, 2019

Part of former US President, Barack Obama's summer reading list for 2019.

Nicr Aug 24, 2019

The converging stories of flinty Nora Lark, homesteading wife and mother, waiting for her husband Emmett's return with water during an 1893 Arizona drought, and the outlaw Lurie, who takes up with the U.S. Camel Corps and then takes off with a camel named Burke, the companion to whom he tells his tale. Dense and unclichéd, the narratives are markedly different, Lurie's spanning a lifetime and Nora's one parched and desperate day. A haunted dreamscape of ghostly presences and supernatural beasts, and always not going where you think it's going.

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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