Where the Dead Sit Talking

Finalist, National Book Awards 2018 for Fiction

Where the Dead Sit Talking by Brandon Hobson book cover
ISBN 9781616958879
Soho Press
Dr. Brandon Hobson (Photo credit: Brandon Hobson)
Brandon Hobson

Brandon Hobson is the author of The Removed. His novel, Where the Dead Sit Talking, was a Finalist for the National Book Award, among other distinctions. More about this author >

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With his single mother in jail, Sequoyah, a fifteen-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 the seventeen-year-old Rosemary, another youth staying with the Troutts.

Sequoyah and Rosemary bond over their shared Native American backgrounds and tumultuous paths through the foster care system, but as Sequoyah’s feelings toward Rosemary deepen, the precariousness of their lives and the scars of their pasts threaten to undo them both.


Brandon Hobson, Fiction Finalist, reads from "Where the Dead Sit Talking" at the 2018 National Book Awards Finalists Reading