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き Free Broché [ Where the Dead Sit Talking ] ⎠ PDF by Brandon Hobson ␤ き Free Broché [ Where the Dead Sit Talking ] ⎠ PDF by Brandon Hobson ␤ I have been unhappy for many years now I have seen in the faces of young people walking down the street a resemblance to people who died during my childhood The period in my life of which I am about to tell involves a late night in the winter of 1989, when I was fifteen years old and a certain girl died in front of me Her name was Rosemary Blackwell It happened when she and I were living with a family in foster care, and though the details are complicated, I still think about her often Im alive and shes dead I should tell you this is not a confession, nor is it a way to untangle the roots and find meaning Rosemary is dead People live and die People kill themselves or they get killed The rest of us live on, burdened by what is inescapable We left Cherokee County when I was young, and like our ancestors, my mother and I traveled out of the land with our clothes and food in sacks We traveled through the fierce shreds of a winter storm, following a highway north into the night We drove slowly, ice spattering the windshield My mother talked quietly to herself, both hands on the wheel Maybe it was in our Cherokee blood My great grandfather had once traveled alone to the desert plains to meet spirits, fire and water, the two gods of hunting He was lonely when his wife died and sought isolation, desiring a communion with nature For food he hunted buffalo and deer, built a scaffold of poles and used it to dry fruit in the sun He slaughtered hogs In his solitude he was strong and worked hard, seeking the peace of his ancestors He built fires in the night and spread ashes on his chest He slept in the branches of bitter oaks My mother told me these stories about my great grandfather while driving us to Tulsa in her El Camino Like him, I too believed in the spirit world Like him, I tried to see the spirits in everything around me the trees, the open plains, the sky I searched for them in clouds and rain I looked into the faces of strangers and questioned whether they were messengers for me I waited to hear their voices, as my great grandfather had heard in his dreams Voices that told secrets, foretold the future Voices that brought messages My great grandfather claimed to have met a beautiful spirit woman He was exhausted from traveling and welcomed the sight of her She wore long braided hair that hung down to her breasts She appeared to him in the desert and brought him quill baskets full of food Her eyes were fire She held my great grandfathers gaze, kissed his hands, and fell into a long, deep sleep with him My mother and I were alone, too My father had left us, packed up his jeep and headed west to find God I never knew him My mother said he joined a group of missionaries and went down to Mexico Hed had a couple of other kids before he married my mother, but I didnt know them and it didnt matter We never heard from him again I was their only child They named me Sequoyah, meaning sparrow, after the great teacher who developed the Cherokee language My mother said she shouldve named me Yellow Sky, because I was always there to bring her light, like the dawn Back then I was too young to understand her drunkenness When she left me alone and went out at night, I fell asleep in her bed, waking later to the noise of her coming into the room Go to sleep, she told me, pulling off her boots She collapsed onto the bed and fell asleep in her clothes In the mornings I was there to bring her a wet washcloth and a glass of water I was there to bring her food or medicine for her head and stomach I never understood her sickness in the mornings back then Those people youre with are poisoning your drink, I told her Its normal, she said Its how it is for everyone I didnt believe her, and for a while I was afraid she was dying What could I do She always smelled of cigarettes and sour liquor The nights she vomited, I was there to hold the bucket beside her bed and sing, trying to heal her I stroked her long hair and the beads she wore around her neck While she slept I crawled into bed beside her and hugged her until I felt numb I didnt want her to die I was burned by hot grease once when I was eleven My mother was drunk, but it was an accident She was cooking bacon late at night and screaming at someone on the phone I woke up and wandered into the kitchen with my shirt off, and she turned around waving the spatula Hot grease stung my cheek and neck, burning me and knocking me down I cried out and fell to the floor My mother started crying and helped me into a cold shower I remember the cold water against my skin and my mother crying and saying we should go to the emergency room, but we never did The scars are small but noticeable enough For a while my friends at school called me The Burned Boy I saw a couple of her boyfriends treat her badly One guy kept telling her to keep her fucking mouth shut Another yanked her by the arm during an argument I learned to look away, ignore them, do whatever I could to pretend they werent abusive These horrible men were the reason we left Cherokee County to start a new life We rented a house just outside of Tulsa and my mother found a waitressing job but got fired for showing up drunk The bad spirits followed us like smoke, creeping into our house and into my dreams at night My dreamcatcher hadnt been unpacked, stored away in a box somewhere in the garage But when I looked for it I couldnt find it The spirits wouldnt go away Sometimes they drifted into my bedroom and filled my head with haunting dreams Sometimes I woke to a crashing sound, like a fist through glass My mother wouldnt stop drinking or staying out at night She got waitressing jobs and then lost them The other waitresses didnt like her Little by little, as time passed, she grew worse until she finally landed herself in the womens prison for possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while intoxicated She got three years since she already had a record After that, the state took custody of me and put me in a shelter until they could find a foster home By fourteen, I was already smoking cigarettes and walking around alone at night I visited my mother in prison with my social worker and kept waiting for her to straighten up like she said she would She promised we would go back to living together again Something inside me ached, like being held underwater and straining for breath At the shelter I met some friends, like Coco, who told me he pickpocketed people at the state fair He stole toilet paper every day from the bathroom of El Vaquero until the place failed too many health inspections and closed down For a while, before he was picked up and sent to the shelter, he slept wherever he couldin the homes of strange men, under a pavilion in a park, on the wood floors of abandoned houses Still, at the shelter I felt confined and lonely I saw a house fire in my dreams The place was burning, dark smoke coiling upward into the pallid sky In my dreams I longed to swim in that smoke, to fly around like a hawk circling in the sky Outside, I beat on an iron fence with a spoon to drive away bad spirits Sparks flew up and down the fence Nights I snuck out of the shelter and walked to the drive in theatre From Waterman Road to Rockland, past Pops Grill and the El Cortez Motor Lodge where the welders and oil field workers stayed whenever they came into town for work during the oil boom I walked to the Comet Drive In and climbed the wooden fence that led to the gravel lot where all the cars were parked The Comet held a special place for me My mother used to take me to a drive in theatre back in Cherokee County when I was little I liked going to the Comet when it was cool outside I zipped up my jacket and sat on the rickety wooden bench next to kids waving green and yellow glow sticks around in the dark while their parents waited in line at the concession stand The people around me were meaningless They were transient spirits, shadows I sat on the bench under a low, dark sky and got lost in the movie When I was little, my mother sat with me on the ground in front of the giant screen I remember watching a western, Indians riding on horses I remember cowboys shooting each other in dusty saloons, men playing poker and fighting The place showed a cartoon before the movie Once they showed the Bugs Bunny cartoon when he was shooting Indians while singing Ten Little Indians, and even used the term Injun Id seen the cartoon before and always hated it Its one of the memories I still carry with me from those nights at the drive in Thinking back on it still bothers me I wish I wouldve had a gun and shot the whole screen down I left the shelter so many times without permission they considered me a flight risk The staff got so tired of calling the police to find me and bring me back that they told my social worker, Liz, they would stop letting me back in But they couldnt lock me up I just wanted to get out and walk around I walked around the block I walked to the gas station and watched people go in and out I walked across the street to the park and sat on a bench and watched younger kids play I clapped for them when they jumped from the swings or when they climbed the monkey bars I spit in the dirt and ground my thumb in it Nobody paid attention Nights I didnt go to the drive in theatre, I walked down to the 7 Eleven off the highway and looked at magazines, or Id walk over to the bowling alley and talk to Leo, who was an old Vietnam vet who walked with a limp and told me stories about getting drunk and playing the mandolin in a country and western band when he lived down in Louisiana He bought me Cherry Cokes and taught me to play chess in the snack bar one Saturday afternoon Liz told me if I didnt stop sneaking out she would have to make a referral as a case in need of supervision to the juvenile bureau, where they would give me a set of rules I would have to follow, and if I broke them I would have to submit to sanctions that involved spending a weekend locked up in juvenile detention So I started trying to make things work at the shelter Most nights I lay in bed, listening to music on my headphones I tried to write in a journal, but everything I wrote sounded dumb The staff let us play the Atari after supper and watch movies when we finished our homework At bedtime I could never fall asleep I remember lying in the dark, staring at the dingy white curtain covering the window that overlooked the parking lot I had a dream once that I looked out the window and saw my father standing in that parking lot In the dream, for whatever reason, he had a beard and long brown hair I kept knocking on the window to get his attention, but he was looking up at something in the sky A moment later a flock of birds settled on his shoulders and head I woke up confused The nights when I left the shelter no one bothered me, so I wasnt really afraid I wore eyeliner sometimes Id stolen the eyeliner from a girl who was no longer at the shelter I didnt wear it for any reason other than I liked the way it looked on me Coco told me it went well with my dark hair Sometimes men tried to pick me up, but I didnt care I kept walking I looked so poor that Im sure they felt sorry for me There was one night I met a prostitute Id walked past the bowling alley, over to a liquor store on McKinley Street The guy working there had a cat with him The cat was silent, slinking around my legs I picked up the cat and let it curl against my chest The guy working there asked to see my ID and I told him Id lost it Get out of here before I call the police, he said The streets were quiet I wasnt feeling well and thought maybe I should just walk back to the shelter When I crossed McKinley, though, a woman called me over and asked me on a date She gave me a cigarette and called me boy and asked me how old I was Seventeen, I lied Boy is seventeen, she said She laughed I told her I was sick Me too, she said She took me upstairs to a small apartment and sat next to me I smoked one of her cigarettes and drank part of a beer, but I was feeling sick Its okay, baby, she said You want to do something else Im freezing, I told her You just nervous, she said I went to the bathroom and gagged myself, trying to throw up, but I couldnt throw up My eyes were watering when I came out My brow was sweating and I was still cold When I came back to the sofa she was mashing her cigarette out in the ashtray I sat next to her and closed my eyes I tried to warm up Her stomach felt warm on my mouth This woman, she was nice She had raised her shirt and put her hand on the back of my head She pulled my mouth to her navel I have to go, I said What, she said What, what, what After I left, I walked all the way back to the shelter and went straight to bed.Praise for Where the Dead Sit TalkingLONGLISTED FOR THE 2018 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION Astrange and powerful Native American Bildungsroman this novel breathes with a dark, pulsing life of its own The Tulsa Voice Soulful Dallas Morning News Imagine a plot hybrid of Dickens and George Saunders The Brooklyn Rail This is a dark story that depicts the loneliness and pain of unwanted children and the foster care system where they end up authentic and humane The Oklahoman Dreamlike prose Where the Dead Sit Talkingis an exploration of whether its possible for a person to heal when all the world sees is a battlefield of scars San Diego CityBeat The latest from Hobson is a smart, dark novel of adolescence, death, and rural secrets set in late 1980s Oklahoma Hobsons narrative control is stunning, carrying the reader through scenes and timelines with verbal grace and sparse detail Far than a mere coming of age story, this is a remarkable and moving novel Publishers Weekly, Starred Review Hobson s eloquent prose and story line will keep literary and general fiction readers turning pages Its teen protagonists offer interest for young adults Library Journal A poignant and disturbing coming of age story Hobson presents a painfully visceral drama about the overlooked lives of those struggling on the periphery of mainstream society Booklist Hobson s gift to the reader is the hopeful persistence he instills in Sequoyah, despite his challenges with identity and belonging He is a young man who is clearly scarred but thankfully not defeated Shelf Awareness In Where the Dead Sit Talking, Hobson is once again in fine form, delivering a lyrical, somewhat brutal, and very touching coming of age story set in rural Oklahoma in the late 1980s At once elegant and straightforward, poetic and cold in a way that approximates noir a beautifully written novel Vol 1 Brooklyn Intriguing Hobson has written here a dark and arresting tale Literary Hub Where the Dead Sit Talkingis a sensitive and searching exploration of a youth forged in turbulence, in the endless aftermath of displacement and loss Sequoyahs voice is powerfully singularboth wounded and woundingand this novel is a thrilling confirmation of Brandon Hobsons immense gifts on the page.Laura van den Berg, author of Find Me Weird and intimate, like Ottessa Moshfegh s Eileen, Where the Dead Sit Talkingtakes us to a strange, dangerous place normally kept hidden From the opening hook, with the unhurried authority of a master, Brandon Hobson initiates the reader into the secret lives of lost and unwanted teenagers trying to survive in an uncaring world Creepy, sad, yet queerly thrilling Stewart O Nan, author of The Speed Queen Where the Dead Sit Talkingis a tender and unflinching look at shell shocked young lives as they try in the eddies of foster care to keep their heads above water Hobson writes with a humane authority but without giving his characters any alibis What we have instead is a careful look at what it means to be physically and psychically scarred, abandoned by parents, Native American in a white world, haunted by death, and on the verge of becoming an adult A wonderful, harrowing novel Brian Evenson, author of The Open Curtain I fear and ferociously admire everything Brandon Hobson creates He is the only person who can describe the way an object becomes whole when we have enough time to look at it or the presence of a loved one in the air even after she is gone In this heartbreaking and vital novel there is an unconfessable world of pain, desire, and longing A careful oscillating dance around avoiding the pangs of abandonment and wanting to go through them all at once to get the suffering over with Sequoyah, his scars, and eye makeup will leave you with wide eyes and a brimming heart Chiara Barzini, author of Things That Happened Before the EarthquakePraise for Brandon HobsonRestrained, dark, and strangely silent If you ve ever had a homecoming laced with sadness and longing, you ll relate to Deep Ellum.Ottessa Moshfegh, New York Timesbestselling author of Homesick for Another World Deep Ellum stands out as a miniature masterpiece of mood San Diego City BeatHobson has a remarkable ability to travel deep into a very dark place and come out plausibly on the side of light Dawn Raffel, Readers Digest Hobson writes novels that are very bright and incredibly dark, surprisingly funny and wonderfully complex Vol 1 Brooklyn With Deep Ellum, Hobson establishes a city that is as lively as Twin Peaks, a Walden that offers little peace, no meditation, a reversal of transcendentalism Electric Literature dead English Spanish Dictionary WordReference dead Translation to Spanish, pronunciation, and forum discussions Dead or Alive Use this site find out if famous people are alive Very user friendly navigation includes a search function interactive quizzes Sea Wikipedia The Dead is an endorheic lake located in the Jordan Rift Valley, geographic feature formed by Transform DST This left lateral moving transform fault lies along tectonic plate 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    • Where the Dead Sit Talking
    • 2.1
    • 90
    • Broché
    • 1616958871
    • Brandon Hobson
    • Anglais
    • 24 April 2016

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