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R the parched household and her elder sons who have vanished after an explosive argument Nora is biding her time with her youngest son who is convinced that a mysterious beast is stalking the land around their homeLurie is 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. I feel sorry for the next book I pick up When I love a read as much as Inland the subseuent story or two usually pales unfairly in the afterglow This is a work of historical fiction a panoramic western in the great tradition of Cather McCarthy and Portis but author T a Obreht is too skilled a writer to be confined by expectations and conventions of genre She writes with such urgency and empathy with wonder for her story and compassion for her characters that this reader was simply swept away in the moment carried on the current of a brilliant narrative through a parched land where drops of water are as precious as flakes of gold I think of recent historical fiction by the outstanding William Kent Kruger and Mary Doria Russell and those novels now seem plodding and clunky compared to the ethereal grace of Obrecht s InlandTwo stories unfold one expanding over four decades the other in a span of hours until they come together in the novel s final gutting pages that left me sobbing the smallest hours of the morning Lurie an immigrant and wanted man hustles west from an Eastern seaport where he landed from Bosnia as a boy He attaches himself to bands of itinerants and outlaws trying to outrun his own WANTED poster He finds himself astride a camel imported as pack animals by the Army which supposed the beasts well suited to the desert west of the Arizona Territory His compatriots hail from Greece Turkey and the ancient cultures of the Levant places we don t typically associate with the settlement of the American West Lurie spins out his long tale to his beloved companion the stalwart camel Burke Her throat aching with thirst Nora Lark homesteads with her husband Emmett and three sons in a little mining district between Phoenix and Flagstaff Emmett is three days late returning with their water supply and the morning after a heated argument with Nora the two older Lark sons disappear in search of their father Nora is left on the forlorn property with fragile seven year old Toby stroke addled Grandma and her husband s scatterbrained young cousin Josie who claims to commune with the spirit world Nora maintains a heartrending patter with her daughter Evelyn who died of heatstroke as an infant but in conversation is a sophisticated and articulate foil to the cruel unforgiving land that her family survives in Nora carries a slow burning torch for Sheriff Harlan Bell with whom she has a shadowy unreuited love that is full of longing and empathy Their few scenes together are full of aching desire their loneliness epitomizing the beautiful terrible landscape that shifts between silence and violence in a heartbeatObreht creates a breathless tension as Lurie s and Nora s stories track toward collision The desiccated land is haunted with ghosts menaced by drought and starvation riders appearing on the horizon are unknown as friend or foe until they reach shotgun distance And yet the cast of characters retains an enchanting humanity with Nora tough broken resolute and loving the greatest among them It s been eight years since T a Obreht s celebrated debut The Tiger s Wife which I lauded for its beautiful prose but lamented the lack of connection to character and the overwrought fabulism Inland is the work of an author deeply in touch with her rich cast allowing them agency in this exuisitely rendered story I didn t expect to love Inland as much as I did given the low rating here I m so very glad I ignored the naysayers to discover this unusual luminous novelAlso I love camels

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Inland By Téa Obreht

A momentous expedition across the West The way in which Nora's and Lurie's stories intertwine is the surprise and suspense of this brilliant novelMythical lyrical and sweeping in scope Inland is grounded in true but little known history It showcases all of Téa Obreht's talents as a writer as she subverts and reimagines the myths of the American West making them entirely and unforgettably her own. Totally Hip Video Book Review of Inland

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The New York Times bestselling author of The Tiger's Wife returns with a stunning tale of perseverance an epic journey across an unforgettable landscape of magic and myth In the lawless drought ridden lands of the Arizona Territory in 1893 two extraordinary lives collide Nora is an unflinching frontierswoman awaiting the return of the men in her life her husband who has gone in search of water fo. I wasn t captivated by The Tiger s Wife so I almost wasn t going to read this But I kept reading so much about it that my interest was piued and I have to say that I was very captivated by this western story There are two narratives which for most of the novel felt very disconnected but when they did it was an amazing thing Lurie a Middle Eastern immigrant is brought to Missouri by his father in 1856 When his father dies Lurie is sold to the Coachman who picks up the dead and robs graves He finds brothers in Donovan and Hobb Mattie and soon becomes an outlaw Nora s is the second narrative and it s 1893 in Amargo Arizona Territory where homesteading is tough and living on this parched land during a drought can be brutal It s particularly hard for Nora whose husband is missing and then her two sons as she tries to keep her home while caring for her young son Toby who sees a beast and her husband s niece who holds seances Nora is so thirsty and the writing is so spectacular so was I because I felt as if I was there There is death here and whether or not there are ghosts here is a uestion that the reader will have to reconcile for themselves Is his lost brother Hobb a ghost or does Lurie just imagine Hobb s want that makes him steal Is Evelyn Nora s daughter who died as a baby and has grown beside Nora through the years an apparition or is Nora s imagining her as a way of dealing with her grief and the secret she holds I know this might sound eerie but for me it wasn t I can t forget to mention Lurie s camel Burke who is his best friend and confidante Camels in the west So of course this had me searching to find out if this was true and it was There was a United States Camel Corp an army experiment to use camels as pack animals s slow going at times and it took a while for the two narratives to connect but it was worth the wait to get to that moment where a sip of water meant everything in this time of desolation and despair Beautifully written and highly recommended I won t hesitate to read Tea Obreht s next bookI received an advanced copy of this book from Random House through NetGalley


10 thoughts on “Inland By Téa Obreht

  1. says:

    I wasn’t captivated by The Tiger's Wife so I almost wasn’t going to read this But I kept reading so much about it that my interest was piued and I have to say that I was very captivated by this western story There are two narratives which for most of the novel felt very disconnected but when they did it was an amazing thing Lurie a Middle Eastern immigrant is brought to Missouri by his father in 1856 When his father

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    25 stars rounded downI picked this purely because I thought it took place in Arizona and I’ve always wanted t

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    NOW AVAILABLE 45 StarsIt’s been around eight years since I read Téa Obreht’s debut novel The Tiger’s Wife but the fact that I loved the b

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    Homeless and orphaned at age six Lurie survived by working with the Coachman and sleeping in his stable He helped collect lodgers who'd passed in their sleep or had their throats cut by bunkmates Grave robbing was included Lurie developed a hunger A hunger that could not be satisfiedthe want grew and grew Apprehended by the law he

  5. says:

    Ghost whispers and camel corpsI expected to like it than I did still an okay read My favorite characters were a

  6. says:

    I feel sorry for the next book I pick up When I love a read as much as Inland the subseuent story or two usually pales unfairly in the afterglow This is a work of historical fiction a panoramic western in the great tradition of Cather McCarthy and Portis but author Téa Obreht is too skilled a writer to be confined by expectations and convent

  7. says:

    DNF at 30% It may be my reading mood but I've picked this up several times and I am not connecting with the story nor the characters The story was just striking me as disjointed

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    “We were bound up you and IThough it break our hearts we had as little choice then as we have now”This is one of those

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    Highly recommended full review here