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Posted March 23, 2021
On Thursday, March 24 8:00PM PST, Brandon Hobson will join Roxane Gay’s Audacious Book Club via Zoom to discuss his latest novel, THE REMOVED. Join in the pre-event conversation by visiting Roxane’s website and register to join the event here.
Steeped in Cherokee myths and history, THE REMOVED is about a fractured family reckoning with the tragic death of their son long ago. In the fifteen years since their teenage son, Ray-Ray, was killed in a police shooting, the Echota family has been suspended in private grief. The mother, Maria, increasingly struggles to manage the onset of Alzheimer’s in her husband, Ernest. Their adult daughter, Sonja, leads a life of solitude, punctuated only by spells of dizzying romantic obsession. And their son, Edgar, fled home long ago, turning to drugs to mute his feelings of alienation. Drawing deeply on Cherokee folklore, The Removed seamlessly blends the real and spiritual to excavate the deep reverberations of trauma—a meditation on family, grief, home, and the power of stories on both a personal and ancestral level.