Inland by Téa Obreht

Literary Loop

The New York Times bestselling author of The Tiger’s Wife returns with an epic tale of perseverance.

In the lawless, drought-ridden lands of the Arizona Territory in 1893, two extraordinary lives collide. Nora is an unflinching frontierswoman awaiting the return of her husband, who has gone in search of water for the parched household, and her elder sons, who have vanished after an explosive argument. She is biding her time with her youngest son, who is convinced that a mysterious beast is stalking the land around their home.

Lurie is a former outlaw and a man haunted by ghosts. He sees lost souls who want something from him, and he finds reprieve from their longing in an unexpected relationship that inspires a momentous expedition across the West. The way in which Nora’s and Lurie’s stories intertwine is the surprise and suspense of this lyrical and sweeping novel.

Inland is “a frontier tale that dazzles with camels and wolves and two characters who never quite meet,” says Kirkus Reviews. “It will take your breath away.”

“This is no boilerplate Louis L’Amour yarn,” says Newsday.