Indies Introduce


  • Night of the Living Rez, Morgan Talty
    Tin House, 9781953534187, July 5, 2022 (Fiction)

    “SIn a collection of connected stories, we follow the experiences of a young man of the Penobscot nation. Talty’s writing about reservation life has a way of making experiences feel both universally human and also uniquely Native American. At times hilarious, and at other times heartrending, this book will immerse you in the way the best literature does.”

    - Destinee Hodge, East City Bookshop, Washington, DC

    “Morgan Talty’s Night of the Living Rez defiantly climbs up from the literary crevasse between Denis Johnson’s dark, craggy Jesus' Son and Sherman Alexie’s tragi-comedic Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven. A raw, honest, sharp new voice shining light on the Native American experience.”

    Jonathan Hawpe, Carmichael’s Bookstore, Louisville, KY

    “Morgan Talty’s collection of stories, Night of the Living Rez, reads more like a novel than short stories. Talty has created pacing unique to this book with his words, tone, and spacing between chapters. A rhythm that, for me, evokes the rhythm of Native languages. He has beautifully crafted, thoughtfully imagined, and brings unflinching honesty to life on the reservation in each chapter. Talty writes boldly of the Native contemporary plight and brings the struggle and strength it takes to live now. From a struggling adult through manhood, we follow David through life, through addictions, hoping to survive. He is surrounded by family and friends, all believable and beautifully flawed. There will be inevitable comparisons to writers such as Tommy Orange, Brandon Hobson, or even Louise Erdrich, all authors of great importance; Morgan stands solidly alongside these voices in his own right. Night of the Living Rez is a book of a generation, and Morgan Talty is a writer to watch.”

    Calvin Crosby, The King’s English Bookshop, Salt Lake City, UT

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