Where the Dead Sit Talking

Where the Dead Sit Talking

by Brandon Hobson


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Set in rural Oklahoma during the late 1980s, Where the Dead Sit Talking is a stunning and lyrical Native American coming-of-age story.

With his single mother in jail, Sequoyah, a fifteen-year-old Cherokee boy, is placed in foster care with the Troutt family. Literally and figuratively scarred by his mother’s years of substance abuse, Sequoyah keeps mostly to himself, living with his emotions pressed deep below the surface. At least until he meets seventeen-year-old Rosemary, a troubled artist who also lives with the family.

Sequoyah and Rosemary bond over their shared Native American background and tumultuous paths through the foster care system, but as Sequoyah’s feelings toward Rosemary deepen, the precariousness of their lives and the scars of their pasts threaten to undo them both.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616958879
Publisher: Soho Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/20/2018
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 267,979
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Brandon Hobson is a recipient of a Pushcart Prize, and his writing has appeared in such places as ConjunctionsNOON, The Paris Review Daily, and The Believer. He is the author of Desolation of Avenues UntoldDeep Ellum, and The Levitationist. Beginning Fall 2019 he will be an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at New Mexico State University. He is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation Tribe of Oklahoma.

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I have been unhappy for many years now.

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Where the Dead Sit Talking 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
DavidTromblay More than 1 year ago
Hobson does an amazing job of immersing readers into a hauntingly familiar reality for far too many teens through the retrospective treatment of an adult who survived it all (something that is wholeheartedly needed and long overdue). This story is filled with fantastical asides that busy the minds of teens as well as the most entertaining adults. However, if you pay attention, you'll see Hobson doesn't simply do this to fill pages, he is a craftsman who knows how to build a scaffolded narrative sure to keep the reader turning to the next page--over and again. The payoff is as unexpected as the twists and turns the narrator leads readers through. Buy this book today.