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Inland author Téa Obreht review Ñ eBook or Kindle ePUB 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. Ghost whispers and camel corpsI expected to like it than I did still an okay read My favorite characters were a couple of camels

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Inland author Téa Obreht review Ñ eBook or Kindle ePUB 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. 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 books that I ve been dreading writing the review for because nothing I say can really convey what makes it so great I like literary fiction but it s rare that I will pick up anything that s straight up literature This particular book interested me for two reasons the historical western context and the promise of supernatural elementsInland doesn t disappoint on either front The story follows two main characters Lurie of the Mattie gang and Nora Lark of a small town called Amargo in the Arizona territory It isn t until the very end that the reader comes to understand how and why these two stories are being told side by side That s all I m saying about that because it s just better that you know nothing going inThis is a character driven story with Nora s part of it happening over I think the course of one day from morning to night She often reminisces on things that happened in the past her relationship with her husband and people in the town the birth and lives of her children etc These parts can be very slow but they all contribute to painting the picture of Nora s life and the people in itLife in Arizona isn t easy and every day has been a struggle There are a few supernatural elements to her story as well Her niece by marriage Josie is a medium conducting seances with the dead and her son Toby has been seeing a strange beast roaming their land Nora believes both things are just figments of wild imaginations And what did you ever learn from me save to keep to yourself and look over your shoulder In contrast to Nora we have Lurie He s a Turkish immigrant that is orphaned as a child and eventually falls in with the Mattie gang He gets on the wrong side of the law early in the book and we follow his story as he runs from Marshall Berger and from his past Lurie also has a supernatural ability to see and speak to the dead If they touch him he feels their last wants and they consume him as his own needsThe contrast in their stories is brilliant Between the two of these characters it s easy to assume Lurie would be the least likable and that the reader would come to care deeply for Nora the struggling innocent ranch wife But Obreht brilliantly turns this assumption on it s head by making Nora the unlikeable of the two She can sometimes be cruel to those around her including her husband and children but most of all her niece and she holds some clear prejudices against the local native population Meanwhile Lurie proves himself to be a man capable of caring deeply for others and a man maybe searching for redemption The longer I livethe I have come to understand that extraordinary people are eroded by their worries while the useless are carried ever forward by their delusions Despite it s slow pacing the book is so hard to put down Different little mysteries are introduced along the way while other interesting little connections and reveals are being made not between Nora and Lurie but within the narrative of each of their separate lives Different story elements and characters in the story return at the most unexpected times keeping the reader surprised throughout It s a dramatic story that feels perfectly mundane and I m still in awe of itLurie s parts are written in second person though I won t tell you who he is addressing The writing itself is gorgeous It isn t as impactful as say The Mere Wife but it s emotional and often left me feeling a little wistful By the end of it I was in tearsThis review has probably rambled on for far too long already and I haven t remotely done the book justice Just know if any part of this story or review appeals to you at all it s well worth picking up and reading through to the end where the reveals and realizations will surprise and haunt you for a long time to come Thank you to the publisher for providing an ARC for review

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Inland author Téa Obreht review Ñ eBook or Kindle ePUB 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. NOW AVAILABLE 45 StarsIt s been around eight years since I read T a Obreht s debut novel The Tiger s Wife but the fact that I loved the beautiful writing and the story had been enough incentive for me to reuest this second novel Inland I m so glad that I didThis story has a duel narrative which kept me on my toes and wanders over time over centuries and around the world in one of the narratives Over the course of a day in another narrative traveling through time using memories revisited times and places loves and losses over a lifetime Through all of this Obreht weaves this story of the early days of the Arizona Territory 1893 with an enchanting sprinkling of magical realism as well as a spiritual connection both of these two narrators have conversations with and connections to the dead This isn t a carefree cheerful read yet it doesn t dwell in the harshness of these lives There is much pondering and wonderment of their surroundings as bleak as they are and through these we learn their stories Obreht manages to skillfully weave into this story the historical experimentation of the United States Camel Corps using camels as pack animals in the Southwest during the mid 19th century development of the country The US Army eventually decided to abandon this project despite the camels stamina This added another layer to the story but what I loved most about this was the vivid portrayal of the era the landscape and the memories of these two people their stories as well as their conversations with those who haunt their days and nights If there were brief moments while reading this where it felt as though I had wandered in the desert too long the breathtaking ending is one that will remain etched in my mind Pub Date 13 Aug 2019Many thanks for the ARC provided by to Random House Publishing Group Random House

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  • Inland author Téa Obreht
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  • 07 May 2018
  • 9780449807057