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Where the Dead Sit Talking

(2018)
A novel by

 
 
With his single mother in jail, Sequoyah, a 15-year-old Cherokee boy, is placed in foster care with the Troutt family. Literally and figuratively scarred by his unstable upbringing, Sequoyah has spent years mostly keeping to himself, living with his emotions pressed deep below the surface - that is, until he meets the 17-year-old Rosemary, another youth staying with the Troutts.

Sequoyah and Rosemary bond over their shared Native American backgrounds 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.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"I fear and ferociously admire everything Brandon Hobson creates. He is the only person who can describe the way an object becomes whole when we have enough time to look at it or the presence of a loved one in the air even after she is gone. In this heartbreaking and vital novel there is an unconfessable world of pain, desire, and longing. A careful oscillating dance around avoiding the pangs of abandonment and wanting to go through them all at once to get the suffering over with. Sequoyah, his scars, and eye makeup will leave you with wide eyes and a brimming heart." - Chiara Barzini

"Where the Dead Sit Talking is a sensitive and searching exploration of a youth forged in turbulence, in the endless aftermath of displacement and loss. Sequoyah’s voice is powerfully singular—both wounded and wounding—and this novel is a thrilling confirmation of Brandon Hobson’s immense gifts on the page." - Laura van den Berg

"Where the Dead Sit Talking is a tender and unflinching look at shell-shocked young lives as they try in the eddies of foster care to keep their heads above water. Hobson writes with a humane authority but without giving his characters any alibis. What we have instead is a careful look at what it means to be physically and psychically scarred, abandoned by parents, Native American in a white world, haunted by death, and on the verge of becoming an adult. A wonderful, harrowing novel." - Brian Evenson

"Weird and intimate, like Ottessa Moshfegh's Eileen, Where the Dead Sit Talking takes us to a strange, dangerous place normally kept hidden. From the opening hook, with the unhurried authority of a master, Brandon Hobson initiates the reader into the secret lives of lost and unwanted teenagers trying to survive in an uncaring world. Creepy, sad, yet queerly thrilling." - Stewart O'Nan

"Hobson has a remarkable ability to travel deep into a very dark place and come out plausibly on the side of light." - Dawn Raffel


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February 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: Where the Dead Sit Talking
Author(s): Brandon Hobson
ISBN: 1-61695-887-1 / 978-1-61695-887-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Soho Press
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February 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: Where the Dead Sit Talking
Author(s): Brandon Hobson
ISBN: 1-64129-017-X / 978-1-64129-017-3 (USA edition)
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Title: Where the Dead Sit Talking
Author(s): Brandon Hobson
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Title: Where the Dead Sit Talking
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February 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Where the Dead Sit Talking
Author(s): Brandon Hobson
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February 2018 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Where the Dead Sit Talking
Author(s): Brandon Hobson
Publisher: Soho Press
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