Inland

Inland

A Novel

eBook - 2019
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * The bestselling author of The Tiger's Wife returns with "a bracingly epic and imaginatively mythic journey across the American West" ( Entertainment Weekly ).

In the lawless, drought-ridden lands of the Arizona Territory in 1893, two extraordinary lives unfold. Nora is an unflinching frontierswoman awaiting the return of the men in her life--her husband, who has gone in search of water for 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 home.

Meanwhile, Lurie 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 a momentous expedition across the West. The way in which Lurie's death-defying trek at last intersects with Nora's plight is the surprise and suspense of this brilliant novel.

Mythical, 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.

Praise for Inland

"As it should be, the landscape of the West itself is a character, thrillingly rendered throughout. . . . Here, Obreht's simple but rich prose captures and luxuriates in the West's beauty and sudden menace. Remarkable in a novel with such a sprawling cast, Obreht also has a poetic touch for writing intricate and precise character descriptions." -- The New York Times Book Review (Editors ' Choice)

"Beautifully wrought." -- Vanity Fair

"Obreht is the kind of writer who can forever change the way you think about a thing, just through her powers of description. . . . Inland is an ambitious and beautiful work about many things: immigration, the afterlife, responsibility, guilt, marriage, parenthood, revenge, all the roads and waterways that led to America. Miraculously, it's also a page-turner and a mystery, as well as a love letter to a camel, and, like a camel, improbable and splendid, something to happily puzzle over at first and take your breath away at the end." --Elizabeth McCracken, O: The Oprah Magazine
Publisher: 2019.
ISBN: 9780679644118
Branch Call Number: eBook overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Overdrive, Inc

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A camel looms large in ghost-filled and cinematically-rich parallel narratives, based on historical events. This book will put you into the mythical, parched Western American landscape before all our boarders were drawn. A Serbian immigrant struggles as a fugitive while a frontier woman maintains... Read More »

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LPL_ShirleyB Aug 13, 2019

A heady, luminous & mystical adventure of two intertwined historical sagas in the dry, haunted Western American landscape with contemporary relevance in such themes as drought, immigration, manifest destiny and Indigenous land rights. Author Téa Obreht is originally from Belgrade, Serbia. Tha... Read More »


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EmilyEm
Sep 14, 2019

After 60 pages, I had two great character studies of the protagonists’ hardscrabble beginnings, but a very thin thread of plot. I counted her previous 'The Tiger’s Wife' one of my year’s best in 2011. Her writing this one set in 1890s Arizona Territory is quite a departure. After seeing good comments I may need to return to it sometime when I can be more contemplative!

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Katie_Dublin
Aug 29, 2019

A beautifully written tale of quiet sorrow.

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laphampeak
Aug 29, 2019

A rich story containing vast and diverse peoples of late 1800s America - Utes, Mormons, Christians, Navaho, Turk.
Nora, one of two main characters, talks to her dead daughter as the reader settles into her settler situation of drought and danger. Lurie brings a traveling, camel master/outlaw to contrast the representation of the time.
Obrecht fills us with rich contemplative thought: "The longer I live, Burke, the more I have come to understand that extraordinary people are eroded by their worries while the useless are carried ever forward by their delusions..."
Take your time. This book demands immersion.

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Audrey_1974
Aug 25, 2019

Part of former US President, Barack Obama's summer reading list for 2019.

Nicr Aug 24, 2019

The converging stories of flinty Nora Lark, homesteading wife and mother, waiting for her husband Emmett's return with water during an 1893 Arizona drought, and the outlaw Lurie, who takes up with the U.S. Camel Corps and then takes off with a camel named Burke, the companion to whom he tells his tale. Dense and unclichéd, the narratives are markedly different, Lurie's spanning a lifetime and Nora's one parched and desperate day. A haunted dreamscape of ghostly presences and supernatural beasts, and always not going where you think it's going.

LPL_ShirleyB Aug 13, 2019

A heady, luminous & mystical adventure of two intertwined historical sagas in the dry, haunted Western American landscape with contemporary relevance in such themes as drought, immigration, manifest destiny and Indigenous land rights. Author Téa Obreht is originally from Belgrade, Serbia. Thanks to Téa Obreht and Random House for an advance review copy!

SFPL_danielay Jul 23, 2019

Two story lines thread through this novel, one centered on frontierswoman Nora on a drought-striken farm awaiting her husband's return with much-needed water, the other on former outlaw Lurie criss-crossing the West on his camel (yes, you read that right). Each story could stand on its own but how, if and when these two story lines will meet creates tension and suspense in a not necessarily plot-driven novel. Highly recommended.

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