The Removed

The Removed
Publisher HarperCollins
Release Date
Category Fiction
Total Pages 288
ISBN 9780062997562
Rating 4/5 from 6 reviews

“Brandon Hobson has given us a haunted work, full of voices old and new. It is about a family’s reckoning with loss and injustice, and it is about a people trying for the same. The journey of this family’s way home is full—in equal measure—of melancholy and love. The Removed is spirited, droll, and as quietly devastating as rain lifting from earth to sky.” —Tommy Orange, author of There There A RECOMMENDED BOOK FROM USA Today * O, the Oprah Magazine * AARP * Alma * Biblio Lifestyle * Publishers Weekly Steeped in Cherokee myths and history, a novel about a fractured family reckoning with the tragic death of their son long ago—from National Book Award finalist Brandon Hobson In the fifteen years since their teenage son, Ray-Ray, was killed in a police shooting, the Echota family has been suspended in private grief. The mother, Maria, increasingly struggles to manage the onset of Alzheimer’s in her husband, Ernest. Their adult daughter, Sonja, leads a life of solitude, punctuated only by spells of dizzying romantic obsession. And their son, Edgar, fled home long ago, turning to drugs to mute his feelings of alienation. With the family’s annual bonfire approaching—an occasion marking both the Cherokee National Holiday and Ray-Ray’s death, and a rare moment in which they openly talk about his memory—Maria attempts to call the family together from their physical and emotional distances once more. But as the bonfire draws near, each of them feels a strange blurring of the boundary between normal life and the spirit world. Maria and Ernest take in a foster child who seems to almost miraculously keep Ernest’s mental fog at bay. Sonja becomes dangerously fixated on a man named Vin, despite—or perhaps because of—his ties to tragedy in her lifetime and lifetimes before. And in the wake of a suicide attempt, Edgar finds himself in the mysterious Darkening Land: a place between the living and the dead, where old atrocities echo. Drawing deeply on Cherokee folklore, The Removed seamlessly blends the real and spiritual to excavate the deep reverberations of trauma—a meditation on family, grief, home, and the power of stories on both a personal and ancestral level.

The Removed
  • Author : Brandon Hobson
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release Date : 2021-02-02

“Brandon Hobson has given us a haunted work, full of voices old and new. It is about a family’s reckoning with loss and injustice, and it is about a people trying for the same. The journey of this family’s way home is full—in equal measure—of melancholy

Once Removed
  • Author : Andrew Unger
  • Publisher : Turnstone Press
  • Release Date : 2020-09-15

Timothy Heppner is a frustrated ghostwriter struggling to make ends meet in Edenfeld, a small Mennonite community bulldozing its way towards modernity--if it's old, it has to go!A member of the Preservation Society but desperate to keep his job with the mayor's Parks and "Wreck" department, Timothy finds himself

Where the Dead Sit Talking
  • Author : Brandon Hobson
  • Publisher : Soho Press
  • Release Date : 2018-02-20

2018 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FICTION FINALIST Set in rural Oklahoma during the late 1980s, Where the Dead Sit Talking is a stunning and lyrical Native American coming-of-age story. 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

Sparks Like Stars
  • Author : Nadia Hashimi
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release Date : 2021-03-02

“A fascinating epic tale.”—The New York Post An Afghan American woman returns to Kabul to learn the truth about her family and the tragedy that destroyed their lives in this brilliant and compelling novel from the bestselling author of The Pearl That Broke Its Shell, The House Without Windows,

Murder Once Removed
  • Author : S. C. Perkins
  • Publisher : Minotaur Books
  • Release Date : 2019-03-19

S.C. Perkins' Murder Once Removed is the captivating first mystery in the Ancestry Detective series, in which Texas genealogist Lucy Lancaster uses her skills to solve murders in both the past and present. Except for a good taco, genealogist Lucy Lancaster loves nothing more than tracking down her clients’

A Life Removed
  • Author : Jason Parent
  • Publisher : Red Adept Publishing, LLC
  • Release Date : 2017-05-23

Detectives Bruce Marklin and Jocelyn Beaudette have put plenty of criminals behind bars. But a new terror is stalking their city. The killer’s violent crimes are ritualistic but seemingly indiscriminate. As the death toll rises, the detectives must track a murderer without motive. The next kill could be anyone…

A Veil Removed
  • Author : Michelle Cox
  • Publisher : She Writes Press
  • Release Date : 2019-04-30

Murder is never far from this sexy couple . . . even during the holidays! Their honeymoon abruptly ended by the untimely death of Alcott Howard, Clive and Henrietta return to Highbury, where Clive discovers all is not as it should be. Increasingly convinced that his father’s death was not an accident,

Once Removed
  • Author : Mako Yoshikawa
  • Publisher : Bantam
  • Release Date : 2003-05-27

The Washington Post praised Mako Yoshikawa’s extraordinary first novel, One Hundred and One Ways, as “strikingly assured.” The Orlando Sentinel called it “an impressive accomplishment.” In Once Removed, Yoshikawa continues in the tradition of Alice Walker and Amy Tan with a powerful story of two women from different cultures

Who Do You Love
  • Author : Jennifer Weiner
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2015-08-11

From the “hilarious, heartbreaking, and insightful” (The Miami Herald) bestselling author Jennifer Weiner comes a sweeping, modern day fairy tale about first romance and lasting love. Rachel Blum and Andy Landis are eight years old when they meet late one night in an ER waiting room. Born with a congenital

From the Depths of Our Hearts
  • Author : Pope Benedict XVI,Robert Sarah
  • Publisher : Ignatius Press
  • Release Date : 2020-03-12

"The priesthood is going through a dark time", according to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and Robert Cardinal Sarah. "Wounded by the revelation of so many scandals, disconcerted by the constant questioning of their consecrated celibacy, many priests are tempted by the thought of giving up and abandoning everything." In this

Two Once Removed
  • Author : Jeffrey Curry
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2019-08-15

With her youngest now in college, Kate decides to visit her mother when her workaholic husband abandons her for a Columbus Day boys' golf weekend just after having been away for two weeks on business. Her life is now what she saw coming. Their DC area McMansion and her life

Once Removed and Other Stories
  • Author : Colette Sartor
  • Publisher : University of Georgia Press
  • Release Date : 2019

The women in the linked short story collection Once Removed carry the burdens imposed in the name of intimacy--the secrets kept, the lies told, the disputes initiated--as well as the joy that can still manage to triumph. A singer with a damaged voice and an assumed identity befriends a silent,

When Harry Became Sally
  • Author : Ryan T. Anderson
  • Publisher : Encounter Books
  • Release Date : 2018-02-20

Can a boy be “trapped” in a girl’s body? Can modern medicine “reassign” sex? Is our sex “assigned” to us in the first place? What is the most loving response to a person experiencing a conflicted sense of gender? What should our law say on matters of “gender identity”?

Patient H M
  • Author : Luke Dittrich
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2016-08-09

“Oliver Sacks meets Stephen King”* in this propulsive, haunting journey into the life of the most studied human research subject of all time, the amnesic known as Patient H.M. For readers of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks comes a story that has much to teach us about our

Three Times Removed
  • Author : M. K. Jones
  • Publisher : Wordcatcher Publishing
  • Release Date : 2017-03-12

Maggie Gilbert and her children live a normal life until Maggie starts looking into her family tree. Together with fellow genealogist, Zelah, they unearth the drowning of a small girl, and an unsolved disappearance. Strange forces are at work, and they seem to be leaking into the present.