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Inland: A Novel by Tea Obreht

Inland: A Novel

by Tea Obreht

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Second books are hard—especially when your debut garnered a lot of positive attention and a National Book Award finalist spot. Tea Obreht’s (The Tiger’s Wife) new novel took eight years to arrive and maybe it needed a little more time. Don’t get me wrong—the writing is beautiful, the story fascinating at times, and I’ll read anything that takes place in the American Southwest. The narrative bounces back and forth between two disparate characters trying to survive the difficult life this area imposed in the late 19th century. Lurie, an outlaw, sees and feels dead souls throughout his life and the other is Nora, a wife and mother struggling to hold her family together during a drought. Both stories drag a bit as they stumble toward the inevitable convergence of the two. Inland has a lot going for it, but somehow it just didn’t pull it all together for me. ( )
  Hccpsk | Apr 28, 2019 |
Charming, heart-wrenching, and seamless; this literary western is an instant classic. Two story-lines dance around each other before weaving themselves together in an unforgettable way; Nora, a stubborn frontierswomen trying to navigate family strife and find water in the midst of a drought and Lurie, a young outlaw whose past ghosts keep him company as he aimlessly meanders across the west with his camel. Nora's husband was due back two days ago, but she's not worried, she doesn't have time to be; she has to look after her superstitious young son and the head strong and spirit seeing cousin. As the day progresses and her thirst grows stronger, Nora starts to realize something is amiss. Lurie's story on the other hand, spans decades while Nora's is merely one long, hot day. Lurie travels across the country on one expedition after another, with no place to truly call home. Home is where his camel and the spirits are Poetic, beautiful, and haunting, this story spins a tale so fascinating that the reader can't stop reading. A wonderful novel! ( )
  ecataldi | Apr 18, 2019 |
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