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Nora Lark is without her husband in the midst of a drought in the Arizona Territory and she is haunted. Her living children, all sons, cause her consternation. The older two have disappeared, ostensibly in search of their father, while the youngest, Toby, is recovering from an injury that may cost him the sight of one eye. Despite the impediment, Toby swears he has seen a beast, something fantastical and mysterious, roaming near their homestead, and the house girl Josie, who claims to commune with the dead, confirms his claims. And Nora’s deceased daughter, Evelyn can’t seem to leave her mother alone.

In Tea Obreht’s latest novel, Inland, Nora’s trials aren’t the only focus. Told in alternating points of view, the other story is that of Lurie Mattie, an orphaned immigrant boy who spends his life trying to allude a marshall who suspects Mattie of murder.

These two stories illustrate the lengths to which those who are desperate will go to survive, even as the near-desert landscape seems to conspire against them. Part old-west novel, part document of the American experience, readers are taken on a journey they are not soon to forget in Obreht’s Inland.

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Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 384 pages
Publisher Random House
Publish Date 2019-08-13
ISBN 9780812992861 Buy this Book
Issue November 2019
Category Popular Fiction


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