Brandon Hobson is the author most recently of the novel, Where the Dead Sit Talking. He has won a Pushcart Prize, and his fiction and nonfiction have appeared in such places as Conjunctions, The Paris Review Daily, Publisher’s Weekly, NOON, Post Road, Narrative Magazine, and elsewhere. He is a member of the Cherokee Tribe of Oklahoma. He holds a Ph.D. in English and currently teaches at Northern Oklahoma College.
Hobson’s latest novel Where the Dead Sit Talking has been longlisted for the National Book Award for fiction!
About Where the Dead Sit Talking
Set in rural Oklahoma during the late 1980s, Where the Dead Sit Talking is a startling, authentically voiced and lyrically written Native American coming-of-age story.
With his single mother in jail, Sequoyah, a fifteen-year-old Cherokee boy, is placed in foster care with the Troutt family. Literally and figuratively scarred by his mother’s years of substance abuse, Sequoyah keeps mostly to himself, living with his emotions pressed deep below the surface. At least until he meets seventeen-year-old Rosemary, another youth staying with the Troutts.
Sequoyah and Rosemary bond over their shared Native American background and tumultuous paths through the foster care system, but as Sequoyah’s feelings toward Rosemary deepen, the precariousness of their lives and the scars of their pasts threaten to undo them both.