The Removed

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Latest Work by National Book Award finalist Brandon Hobson

"In the fifteen years since their teenage son, Ray-Ray, was killed in a police shooting, the Echota family has been suspended in private grief. The mother, Maria, increasingly struggles to manage the onset of Alzheimer’s in her husband, Ernest. Their adult daughter, Sonja, leads a life of solitude, punctuated only by spells of dizzying romantic obsession. And their son, Edgar, fled home long ago, turning to drugs to mute his feelings of alienation. . . .

Drawing deeply on Cherokee folklore, The Removed seamlessly blends the real and spiritual to excavate the deep reverberations of trauma—a meditation on family, grief, home, and the power of stories on both a personal and ancestral level." (Harper Collins)

Dr. Brandon Hobson (an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation Tribe of Oklahoma) is an assistant professor of creative writing at New Mexico State University. He also teaches at the Institute of American Indian Arts. In addition to The Removed, he is the author of novels Deep EllumDesolation of Avenues Untold, and Where the Dead Sit Talking