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The Removed

by Brandon Hobson

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The Removed by Brandon Hobson
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    Feb 2021, 288 pages

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A fractured Cherokee family attempts to reunite on the 15-year anniversary of a terrible tragedy, the emotional repercussions of which still reverberate through their lives.

Simultaneously of the moment and steeped in history, Brandon Hobson's The Removed considers the intersection of intergenerational trauma and ongoing inequity through the perspectives of a Cherokee family living in Oklahoma. They are haunted by literal apparitions, by events from the past and by the legacy of centuries of violence. But Hobson's characters also actively reject that legacy with their own agency and will to endure in a world that is indifferent, if not outright hostile, to Native lives.

The novel takes place 15 years after Maria and Ernest Echota's teenage son Ray-Ray was shot and killed by a police officer at a shopping mall. Every year, Maria and Ernest and their other two children, Sonja and Edgar, gather for a bonfire in Ray-Ray's honor on the anniversary of his death. However, the plans for this year's gathering are complicated by Ernest's worsening Alzheimer's ...

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