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NORA is an unflinching frontierswoman awaiting the return of the men in her life – her husband who has gone in search of water for the parched household, and her elder sons who have vanished after an explosive argument. Nora is biding her time with her youngest son, who is convinced that a mysterious beast is stalking the land around their home, and her husband’s seventeen-year-old cousin, who communes with spirits.

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.

Mythical, lyrical, and sweeping in scope, Inland is grounded in true but little-known history. It showcases all of Téa Obreht’s talents as a writer, as she subverts and reimagines the myths of the American West, making them entirely – and unforgettably – her own.

‘The most thrilling discovery in years’ Colum McCann
‘Assured, eloquent and not easily forgotten’ Independent on Sunday
‘A poignant, seductive novel’ Observer
‘One of the most extraordinary debuts of recent memory’ Vogue

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Critics Review

  • A tremendously talented writer

    Ann Patchett
  • Magnificent . . . brings to mind similar effects in, say, Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude or Toni Morrison’s Beloved.

    Times Literary Supplement
  • This free-ranging tale of an American frontierswoman should have been on the Booker longlist… I’m already looking forward to whatever Obreht writes next.

    Sunday Times
  • This exquisite frontier tale from the author of The Tiger’s Wife is a timely exploration of the darkness beneath the American dream … The historical detail is immaculate, the landscape exquisitely drawn; the prose is hard, muscular, more convincingly Cormac McCarthy than McCarthy himself … [The] paranormal element reminds us strongly of George Saunders’s Lincoln in the Bardo … Inland also feels of a piece with another recent novel, Sarah Perry’s Melmoth, a brilliantly eerie gothic tale in which the horrors of history are condensed into a single ghostly figure

  • [Obreht] has used the little-known existence of the Camel Corps as the inspiration for Inland, her propulsive second novel … Infectious storytelling … Obreht is as engrossing with her depiction of the colourful and disparate encounters experienced by Lurie and Burke as she is on the claustrophobia of small-town rivalries

    Financial Times
  • It’s a voyage of hilarious and harrowing adventures, told in the irresistible voice of a restless, superstitious man determined to live right but tormented by his past. At times, it feels as though Obreht has managed to track down Huck Finn years after he lit out for the Territory and found him riding a camel. She has such a perfectly tuned ear for the simple poetry of Lurie’s vision… Sip slowly, make it last.

    Washington Post

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