The Night of the Living Rez

When I taught writing, grading a student’s work felt wrong if their narrative made me weep. I feel the same about reviewing Morgan Talty’s debut, The Night of the Living Rez. My friend who is Cherokee once told me, “White people cannot kill us because we are already dead,” and I thought of these words as I read Talty’s collection. The protagonist, David, is member of the Penobscot Nation, and we see him as a child, an adolescent, and an adult, but not necessarily in that order. Talty’s words unflinchingly evoke a place and its people, love and humor and tenderness but also addiction and despair and hopelessness. And sadness. Talty’s voice is singular and important, and I hope to read more of his work. Recommended by Kami

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ISBN: 9781953534187
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Published: Tin House Books - July 5th, 2022

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