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by Téa Obreht

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Inland by Téa Obreht
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    Aug 2019, 384 pages
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    May 2020, 400 pages

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In the long-gestating follow-up to her 2011 bestselling debut, Téa Obreht spins an epic magical realist yarn set across the American frontier.

It's 1893 and the sparsely populated settlement of Amargo, deep in the Arizona Territory, is experiencing a severe drought. With the town's water supply fast depleting, headstrong frontierswoman Nora Lark finds herself withstanding a further bombardment of pressing concerns. Her husband Emmet, editor of The Sentinel newspaper, has gone missing during a water-run, and anxious that their father has been ambushed and left for dead, eldest sons Rob and Dolan have set off in his pursuit. None have left word of their whereabouts. Nora eagerly awaits the return of the Lark men while also trying to quell the fears of her guileless, spirit-communing ward Josie and youngest boy Toby, who are convinced there's a dark beast prowling the land at night.

Nora's narrative subtly intertwines with that of Lurie, an orphaned outlaw wanted for murder who falls in with the Camel Corps (see Beyond the ...

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