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Morgan Talty

Teoksen Night of the Living Rez: Stories tekijä

2+ teosta 492 jäsentä 29 arvostelua

Tekijän teokset

Night of the Living Rez: Stories (2022) 423 kappaletta, 26 arvostelua
Fire Exit (2024) 69 kappaletta, 3 arvostelua

Associated Works

Never Whistle at Night: An Indigenous Dark Fiction Anthology (2023) — Avustaja — 475 kappaletta, 7 arvostelua

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I raced through this. It was a very easy read, and the story was engaging. I have seen this billed at literary fiction, and though the classification can be a little blurry, I would not place it in that bucket. The prose is simple and direct, it lays out the story clear as a bell. It does not leave the reader with much to think about off the page, which is something I look for in litfic. When Talty does reach for metaphors or deep thoughts "clunky" would be an apt and pretty kind euphemism for how that goes. I thought this read like YA (which is a big minus for me) but the matters at hand, grief, the dissolution of family, alcoholism, grief, mental illness, economic stress, and others set this as a book for adults.

We learn this story through the eyes of Charles, a White man raised on a Penobscot reservation. As a young man he is involved with a Penobscot woman, but when she becomes pregnant she announces that she is leaving and identifying an Indian as the father so her child will be considered a full-blooded enrolled member of the tribe. Charles is devastated and basically spends the rest of his life watching his daughter's life with her make-believe father and the woman he loved (or maybe loves.) There is a related story about Charles' estrangement from his mother (I can't discuss without spoilers) and his reentry into her life when she begins her descent into dementia. There are other side stories I won't go into. So many that you would think it would be hard to follow, but it is not. This is a very decent first novel (Talty also wrote a well-received short story collection, Night of the Living Rez, which I haven't read.) It lacks nuance, and I wish the prose was a bit lovelier but I did enjoy the story of this man who longed for connection but belonged in no world. In response he just did nothing and let life happen to him until he tried to break out of that with unintended and unfortunate results.
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Narshkite | 2 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jun 27, 2024 |
I'm not sure what to think about this one. Certainly I didn't know what I was getting into, it sounds like a horror novel but it's vignettes on trauma. I didn't realize till over half way through that this wasn't a novel though, so that made me scratch my head.
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KallieGrace | 25 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 28, 2024 |
Charles was raised on the Penobscot reservation by his white mother and Indigenous stepfather but was forced to leave at 18 since he is not, by blood, Indigenous. He has moved across the river from where he can see the reservation. Now in his fifties, he is wracked by guilt and a sense of loss, trying to overcome a long estrangement from his mother and forced to keep secrets including of a daughter, whose Indigenous mother chose to leave him so that she could raise her on the reservation, and who doesn’t know about him.

Told in two timelines and in the first voice by Charles, Fire Exit by Morgan Talty is a beautifully written, powerful, and poignant novel about a man who is both part of and separated from his community by blood, by secrets, and by the river that flows between them. The characters are fully drawn with backstories and with flaws that make them both relatable and redeemable. The story is often dark and bleak as Charles recounts his sense of loss of his home, his past, his mother who is sinking into dementia but mostly of his daughter but it is also always infused with the love he wants to share with her. This is, in many ways, a very emotional even melancholic tale but never crosses the line into melodrama and ends on a hopeful note. I read an ebook of this novel while listening to the audiobook narrated by Darrell Dennis who does an amazing job of giving Charles a voice.

I received an e-arc of this novel from Netgalley and Penguin Random House Canada and an audiobook from RB Media in exchange for an honest review
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lostinalibrary | 2 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 25, 2024 |
It's a very boring book. I had a hard time following and was unable to finish it. All these words and pages and nothing happened--no plot, no excitement at all. I found the characters unlikeable and did not identify with any of them. Others may find this story intriguing, not me. What story?
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buffalogr | 25 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 29, 2024 |



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