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Where the Dead Sit Talking de Brandon Hobson
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Where the Dead Sit Talking (edició 2019)

de Brandon Hobson (Autor)

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With his single mother in jail, Sequoyah, a 15-year-old Cherokee boy, is placed in foster care with the Troutt family. Literally and figuratively scarred by his unstable upbringing, Sequoyah has spent years mostly keeping to himself, living with his emotions pressed deep below the surface - that is, until he meets 17-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 towards Rosemary deepen, the precariousness of their lives and the scars of their pasts threaten to undo them both.… (més)
Membre:rebeccand
Títol:Where the Dead Sit Talking
Autors:Brandon Hobson (Autor)
Informació:Soho Press (2019), Edition: Reprint, 288 pages
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Etiquetes:2021

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Where the Dead Sit Talking is the strange, ambiguous story of Sequoyah, a Cherokee teen stuck in the Oklahoma foster care system circa 1989. Sequoyah, who has gender identity issues, develops a strong connection to Rosemary, a beautiful but deceitful girl who lives in the same foster-care home. After her suicide (this is not a spoiler; the circumstances surrounding Rosemary’s death are announced in the first paragraph of the novel), Sequoyah has a hard time leaving her memory behind. The question is, how far did he go in subsequent years to assuage his grief? I believe there is evidence that he became a serial killer.

This novel would make a good book club selection. There is plenty to think about and discuss here. ( )
  akblanchard | Jan 3, 2021 |
I didn’t enjoy this and almost dnf’ed it, but it’s not necessarily because the main character was disturbing or how matter-of-factly the tone was when talking about graphic violence or other pure weirdness (girls being tied by their wrists and characters bleeding out are mentioned often).

The main character Sequoyah was obsessed with death (especially with other people dying) and Rosemary, an older girl at the foster home. I think this was the first time I’ve seen a male character obsess over a woman in a non-sexual way (well, to an extent, he fantasizes about sexually-assaulting his foster sister though it doesn't arouse him; yes, this story is a lot.). At times, he mentioned that he wanted to be her. I couldn’t tell if Rosemary was going to be the manic-pixie-girl or something entirely different, but honestly, I never cared for her or any of the characters. I liked George most of everyone.

I’ve read narratives similar to Sequoyah before and enjoyed them, so I just didn’t mesh well with this story. The recurring theme of death slightly interested me, and I wanted to see where it led but I felt like I was forcing myself to finish this. I’m sure if I were assigned this book in English class, we would dissect it, mention the symbolism and analyze the characters closely, but, on its own, I just didn’t get or like it. This story is just dark and murky.

with all the exact death dates of certain characters, I legit thought Sequoyah was going to grow up to be a serial killer.
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  DestDest | Nov 25, 2020 |
This is the story of a Native American boy whose mother is in jail and he has been shuttled to different foster families over the years This novel begins as he enters a new family with two foster kids already. He develops a close relationship especially the girl who is two years his senior. The novel focuses all their struggles to come to terms with the bad hands they have been dealt in life. These characters are very real to me and Mr. Hobson is a wonderful writer. I can see why the novel received all the acclaim that it did. ( )
  muddyboy | Jul 25, 2019 |
Sequoah and Rosemary are two Native American teenagers residing in the same group home. The book begins with the revelation of Rosemary’s death and works backwards in describing the events leading up to her passing.sequoah and Rosemary develop a relationship in which Rosemary exerts an almost Svengali like influence over Sequoah. He in turn finds it impossible to resist anything Rosemary asks of him even though her requests frequently go against his better judgment. Slowly but surely Rosemary reveals her pain leaving Sequoah devastated. This is a wonderful story of the joys and difficulties growing up in the foster care system. ( )
  cdyankeefan | Jul 4, 2019 |
I read a lot of Native American fiction, but this was certainly unexpected. Sequoya is a foster child with many issues. The author puts us deep inside his head to the point where I won't soon forget him. I don't mind a dark narrative when it's written in such a way that I'm connected to the characters. This is not a light read in anyway; it's for readers that want an experience as Sequoya goes through heartbreaking challenges. ( )
  Beth.Clarke | Jun 28, 2019 |
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With his single mother in jail, Sequoyah, a 15-year-old Cherokee boy, is placed in foster care with the Troutt family. Literally and figuratively scarred by his unstable upbringing, Sequoyah has spent years mostly keeping to himself, living with his emotions pressed deep below the surface - that is, until he meets 17-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 towards Rosemary deepen, the precariousness of their lives and the scars of their pasts threaten to undo them both.

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