A Novel

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The New York Times bestselling author of The Tiger's Wife returns with "a bracingly epic and imaginatively mythic journey across the American West in 1893, in which the lives of a former outlaw and a frontierswoman collide and intertwine" ( Entertainment Weekly ) 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 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. 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 Nora's and Lurie's stories intertwine 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 Tea Obreht's talents as a writer, as she subverts and reimagines the myths of the American West, making them entirely--and unforgettably--her own. Advance praise for Inland "A frontier tale [that] dazzles with camels and wolves and two characters who never quite meet . . . [Obreht] returns with a novel saturated in enough realism and magic to make the ghost of Gabriel Garcia Marquez grin. . . . Will take your breath away." ? Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "This is no boilerplate Louis L'Amour yarn?there are ghosts, camels and other fantastical elements." ? Newsday (Best Summer Books 2019) "The long-anticipated second novel from Tea Obreht transports readers to the Wild West through the juxtaposed stories of a frontierswoman whose husband and sons have gone missing, and of an outlaw on the run." -- Bustle.
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2019]
ISBN: 9780679644118
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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"Mythical, lyrical, and sweeping in scope, Inland is grounded in true but little-known history."

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... Read More »

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bibliosara Jun 07, 2019

This highly anticipated second novel, an epic historical western, by Tea Obreht will release August 13th.

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ArapahoeRead Mar 23, 2020

Interesting novel that interweaves an epic story of the West with an intimate look at life on the frontier. Its character-driven style might not be for everyone, but I was fascinated by this new take on a "Western."

Feb 10, 2020

The beauty of this book is the seamless interweaving of the living and the dead. It is a story that takes place in the Old West – the draw of the new frontier, hard lives, strong women, and the eternal bond between a camel and his cameleer. Scarcity of water is an overarching theme symbolized by a canteen that is never allowed to be completely emptied. Instead, waters from different rivers and lakes encountered by the traveller are co-mingled in that canteen. It's a beautiful story, one that stays with you after finishing the last page.

Jan 29, 2020

A very long and drawn out tale of how a homesteading women waits for water, her husband while completely unaware of her children. Mean while there is an equally long and drawn out tale of turkish man and his camel. The jacket cover indicates a meeting which well explain all. I found the plot, characters and writing lacked depth. Very disappointing as a story.

Jan 20, 2020

Arizona 1893

Jan 16, 2020

A frontier woman waits for her husband to return with water. A Muslim man rides a camel across the United States. While the plot of the two POV characters may seem pedestrian on first glance, it is the prose that raises this novel to great heights. With so many memorable characters, scenes, and settings described, Obreht masterfully paints the American West, giving weight to simple pursuits and deriving meaning from a late 1800s-understanding of domestic survival. Not every thread is resolved, but the story is complete.

PimaLib_SWBooks Jan 03, 2020

On the parched high desert of the Arizona Territory, Nora measures her days by drops. Lured to the mining settlement by her restless husband and dried to flint, Nora shapes a life out of little as she fights to stay on ground long played out. When Emmett fails to return from a search for water, their oldest boys light out to chase whispers of ambush and murder, leaving Nora with her youngest son, her clairvoyant, simple-minded niece and her aged mother-in-law. And always, the voice of her long-dead daughter. After a lifetime mired in misadventure among shady companions, Lurie accompanies a camel caravan west as part of an ill-conceived experiment powered by the US Army. Haunted by his past, Lurie breaks from the caravan on his favorite camel and the pair crisscross the West in their “suffering journey” before colliding with Nora. Obreht crafts a mystical mirage of gritty realism that deserves to be read and reread for its sheer beauty. - Vicki Ann Duraine, Southwest Books of the Year 2019, Pima County Public Library

Dec 06, 2019

Feel the thirst!
Inland has been well worth the wait; a flawless work of art, a very enjoyable reading experience.
Ms. Obreht is a fabulous storyteller, on par with the best. She takes the reader into the parched Arizona desert during the severe drought of the 1890’s where we join the characters of "Inland", feeling the deadly heat and lack of water. That is the setting for two converging stories. And as in her first novel, "The Tiger’s Wife", you will be treated to stories within the stories which contain frequent contact with the “other living”.
For me, this was a vocabulary lesson. I learned a dozen or more new words. Have your Webster’s close by. Also, there are several historical people and events referred to or alluded to which were not covered in my high school American History class. Although not necessary, you too may enjoy researching those.

Oct 17, 2019

Pretty sure I will never read another of her books. I was disappointed in Tiger's Wife, and this one also. She writes well, but good writing isn't the only thing a book needs to live. I find her characters appalling and unlikeable, and hate spending time in their presence.

Sep 20, 2019

Just OK, camels and the West. Kind of hard to follow.

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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