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This Town Sleeps (vuoden 2020 painos)

– tekijä: Dennis E. Staples

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"Set on an Ojibwe reservation in northern Minnesota, This Town Sleeps is the story of Marion Lafournier, a gay Ojibwe man, and his search for meaning in a town he cannot seem to leave. When he begins a romance with a closeted former high school classmate Shannon, Marion finds himself struggling to connect with the volcanic and unstable man. One night, while roaming the dark streets of Geshig, Marion unknowingly brings to life a dog from underneath the elementary school playground. The mysterious revenant leads him to the grave of Kayden Kelliher, an Ojibwe basketball star who was murdered at the young age of seventeen, and whose presence still lingers in the memories of the townsfolk. While investigating the fallen hero's death, Marion discovers family connections and an old Ojibwe legend that may be the secret to unraveling the mystery he has found himself in." --… (lisätietoja)
Jäsen:JillMcKiernan
Teoksen nimi:This Town Sleeps
Kirjailijat:Dennis E. Staples
Info:Counterpoint, Kindle Edition, 224 pages
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This Town Sleeps: A Novel (tekijä: Dennis E. Staples)

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I thought this was a beautiful novel. When I found out it was a debut, I was even more impressed.

Dennis E. Staples is an Ojibwe author and I already know that I look forward to a continuing voice from him. There is a lovely blend of traditional and contemporary voices in this book.

The main character, Marion is a young, gay Ojibwe man. It's clear from the beginning of the novel that he is a bit lost about where he belongs. Marion left the reservation when he was young, then returned to live in a town that was close after leaving a relationship. Some of his family is very traditional and throughout the story, Marion struggles with what he believes. There are very beautiful moments when he seems on the path back towards his spiritual roots, and then there are times when he seems almost hopeless.

The writing is beautiful. It's often so poetic that I could have read far more of it. Staples has a great style. The tale unfurls as the novel progresses, and more people are brought into the tale. I did find the multiple POVs a little confusing at times; there were a few times when I wasn't quite sure which character I was reading about. But, Staples' writing style more than made up for my minor confusion.

I really enjoyed the infusions of the Ojibwe tradition throughout this story. In a way there's a very traditional story... almost mythical, being told at the same time as there's a modern tale.

Marion has become reacquainted with an old friend from high school. Things are different when they meet again. Marion is an out gay man and Shannon - is closeted and suffering under a childhood filled with toxic masculinity and homophobia. When they meet over a hook-up app they enter into a relationship of sorts. Marion seems to accept it's the way his life will be and Shannon is so busy trying to hide who he is that he's terrified.

As the two men struggle with their differences Marion enters onto a spiritual journey of sorts. One night he seems to bring a dead dog to life and it leads him to the burial place of another friend he grew up with.

This book has a component of mystery in it, an introduction to some Ojibwe traditions and a relationship story. ( )
  KinzieThings | Jun 16, 2020 |
I enjoyed this book but wasn't blown away like I'd expected I would be, which I think led to me being....not let down...but the book not feeling as impactful as I think it could have? This was also much less of a story about Marion's relationship with a closeted man and much more of a story about a small town. With such a short page count and so many plot lines/narrators the book dragged at times and a lot of the wind came out of the sails
  __conni | May 24, 2020 |
Dennis E. Staples' This Town Sleeps is a wonderful tapestry to a book with many threads contributing to a rich narrative with multiple moods and perspectives. Marion, the central character, lives near an Ojibwe reservation, which he lived on when he was younger. He's a gay man trying to meet others like him, but having little luck in the small, everyone-knows-everyone area he calls home. One of the novel's main narrative threads is the story of his on-again, off-again relationship with a beyond closeted former high school classmate.

Another important thread takes readers into a world where the ordinary and supernatural overlap. Marion finds himself connected to a spectral dog, who seems to be connected to another former classmate—one who was killed immediately after their reservation school team won the state basketball championship. Marion begins to build a friendship with that man's widow and with the daughter he didn't live to meet.

Then there are narrative threads reaching into the past sharing generational stories of some of the "leading" families in the area.

Tommy Orange, author of There. There, has reviewed the novel enthusiastically with good reason. I shares difficult, complex truths of both a literal and a more mysterious kind. ( )
  Sarah-Hope | Dec 15, 2019 |
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"Set on an Ojibwe reservation in northern Minnesota, This Town Sleeps is the story of Marion Lafournier, a gay Ojibwe man, and his search for meaning in a town he cannot seem to leave. When he begins a romance with a closeted former high school classmate Shannon, Marion finds himself struggling to connect with the volcanic and unstable man. One night, while roaming the dark streets of Geshig, Marion unknowingly brings to life a dog from underneath the elementary school playground. The mysterious revenant leads him to the grave of Kayden Kelliher, an Ojibwe basketball star who was murdered at the young age of seventeen, and whose presence still lingers in the memories of the townsfolk. While investigating the fallen hero's death, Marion discovers family connections and an old Ojibwe legend that may be the secret to unraveling the mystery he has found himself in." --

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