Brandon Hobson's remarkable, moving novel, Where the Dead Sit Talking , follows year-old Sequoyah as he becomes the foster child of Harold and Agnes Troutt, a middle-aged couple already fostering year-old George and year-old Rosemary. While these writers are important to me as a reader, a writer, and as a Cherokee, I should add that there are also many short story collections, books of poetry, and memoirs that represent an active campaign for the traditions and values of Native American culture. And while this list contains such well-established writers as Momaday and Erdrich, there are newer, younger Native American writers out there right now creating amazing works of art—people like Layli Long Soldier, Terese Mailhot, and Tommy Orange, whose names and works will become are already becoming a powerful and constructive force in Native American literature. Momaday's House Made of Dawn won the Pulitzer Prize in , which alone should tell you how great it is. It's the story of a World War II veteran named Abel who returns home to try and adjust to living back in the world he once lived in, but he struggles, gets drunk a lot and fights and then commits a murder that lands him in jail for a while.
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After Robert McCrum finished his two-year-long project compiling the best novels written in English, you had a lot to add. Here are the 15 books that received most votes to join the list. W hich are the best novels ever written in the English language? No list could possibly satisfy everyone, as is always the case with listicles.
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For the purpose of this post, "Asian-American" refers to Americans or those who identify as American of any Asian descent. Alexander Chee is an essayist and the author of the novel Edinburgh and the forthcoming The Queen of the Night. Chee was the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award in Why you should read him: Alexander Chee's work thoughtfully touches upon sexuality, race, and identity, but beyond that, his writing strives to capture the universal experience of what it means to be human, and all the flawed beauty that it entails.
This set of stories is one of the few — by a Native author or by any author — that seems to be able to pull off that cool-kid experimental thing and make it seem sharp and compelling. This collection packs a punch and a half with sharply written, voice-driven stories about being members of the Cherokee and Muscogee Creek nations in Oklahoma, which the author has in common with his characters. This collection is a winner.