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Night of the Living Rez
Night of the Living Rez | Morgan Talty
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"I am not predicting literary success for Morgan Talty, I am guaranteeing it. He is a fascinating and powerful and singular writer." --Rick Bass, author of For a Little While
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jlhammar
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Wow, impressive debut. These linked short stories, all narrated by David, a citizen of the Penobscot Indian Nation, at different points in his life, are striking. Heavy and bleak, but also tender and beautiful. I‘ll be reading whatever Talty writes next.

Tamra Will check it out! 2w
BkClubCare Effective review! 2w
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All About H. Hatterr by G.V. Desani

Night of the Living Rez by Morgan Talty

Valley of the Birdtail: An Indian Reserve, a White Town, and the Road to Reconciliation by Andrew Stobo Sniderman & Douglas Sanderson

Twenty Thousand Saints by Fflur Dafydd

The Uncle's Story by Witi Ihimaera

shawnmooney Happening by Annie Ernaux

After The Carnage by Tara June Winch

Unreconciled: Family, Truth, and Indigenous Resistance
by Jesse Wente

We Are Coming Home: Repatriation and the Restoration of Blackfoot Cultural Confidence by Gerald T. Conaty (Editor)
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This book is amazing. I kept thinking it was a real story, but it's fiction. Which I had to keep reminding myself. Over and over. It is not happy. The last two stories are especially extra.

I bought it in an indie bookstore in ME, not realizing the book is set in Maine. My book club bestie picked this and I love her for it. The rest of the book club is complaining that it's depressing. 🤷

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SamAnne This is towards the top of my TBR list! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
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I enjoyed this collection of interconnected stories set on a Native reservation in Maine. The stories touch on a range of subjects, including drugs and addiction, community, family, motherhood, parenting, trauma, displacement, racism, bigotry, colonialism, are sometimes funny and, quite often, heartbreaking. It‘s not always an easy read but it‘s a raw, powerful, and engaging one. I look forward to reading more by this author.

Readergrrl This book is in the TBR pile on my nightstand! Eager to read it and your review is pushing it up the pile!! 1mo
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TracyReadsBooks
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Reading a chunkster so grabbing a more portable book for today‘s train ride.

library.dreamer I really liked this one! 1mo
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TracyReadsBooks
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Went for a walk, came home with a new book.🤷‍♀️😬

ShyBookOwl Worst things could happen on a walk 2mo
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Jolynne
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A look at reservation life in Maine through 12 related stories.

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janeycanuck
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Really moving writing but not quite the right POV for me. The stories all have young men at their centre - but all have a secondary older female character, like a mother or a friend‘s mother. And those are the stories I wanted - give me Beth‘s story or David‘s mom‘s story! So… yeah, I need someone to pick this up and tell the other side of all the stories!

rachelm I love that insight 2mo
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Kazzie
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Excellent! The stories work collectively but also on their own. Sad funny real stories. I enjoyed reading about indigenous lives in the US. There is grief and trauma but also lots of love

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4.5⭐/5⭐

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These stories are so tightly bound together that I‘m a little surprised this wasn‘t marketed as a novel, since I feel they work as one. We follow a Penobscot family living on the rez and the quiet desperation of their lives in poverty. I really liked this.

Christine I agree with all of this! 3mo
jlhammar Looking forward to this one! 3mo
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Lindy
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I was surprised by how much I could relate to in these 12 interconnected short stories about an Indigenous—Penobscot—family who live on a reservation in Maine, ie: driving over a solid mass of caterpillars on the road, or a car with a radio that goes on & off over bumps. I am fortunate that the serious problems in this book—living with addictions, family violence & poverty—are outside of my experience. Darrell Dennis narrates the fine audiobook.

merelybookish Your review makes me want to read this more. I was already intrigued by the title. 4mo
Lindy @merelybookish I hope you will tag me if you read it. 😊 4mo
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… Tabitha, an asshole everyone at the clinic knew, who threw up her liquid methadone and then sold it …

KathyR 😝 4mo
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Set in a Native Community in Maine, these stories follow David at different points in his life. There is a lot of sorrow and tragedy as well as tenderness and love between family members. 4 stars.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the advance copy.

SamAnne Oh this is on my list! 5mo
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Christine
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This was fantastic. I'm super impressed by Morgan Talty's writing voice and how it somehow perfectly conveys everything from everyday home life to normalized substance abuse and trauma to loving, complex relationships to intensely tragic moments. And I cared so much about what happened to David/Dee and his loved ones. Really enjoyed the audio (which I was grateful to access via the #librofm #ALC program).

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jlhammar
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Thursday #bookmail! Really looking forward to this debut collection.

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Rhondareads
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Brilliant short stories rave reviews a collection I will be recommending.