Following nearly eight years after her New York Times bestselling hit The Tiger’s Wife, Tea Obreht’s new novel Inland is worth every bit of the wait. This time, the author sets her hand to the epic Western and deftly manages to make it her own, adding a bold and singular tale to the genre.
Inland follows two seemingly disparate storylines – Lurie, the orphaned immigrant turned outlaw who is haunted by the “wants” of the dead who follow him, and Nora, the no-nonsense frontierswoman struggling to hold her family together in the drought-stricken Arizona Territory and wrestling with ghosts of her own. The book’s true magic lies in how these two storylines collide, though it does require a little bit of faith on the part of the reader. That faith is rewarded with an utterly surprising, masterfully crafted conclusion that dazzles in its brilliance.
Obreht’s powerful ability to render characters and settings makes for a fully immersive reading experience – this is one of those books that takes up residence in the mind and lingers long after the last page has been read. Gorgeously blending myth and magical realism with the grim and grit of the American West, Inland is truly one-of-a-kind and not to be missed.
Inland will be published on August 13. You may place a hold here!
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