Time & Date
Wednesday, August 14, 2019, 6:30 pm
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
WBUR CitySpace 890 Commonwealth Avenue Boston, MA 02215Open in Google Maps
Téa Obreht, National Book Award finalist of the bestselling novel, "The Tiger's Wife," joined us for conversation about her latest book, "Inland.
Obreht was interview by Leila Meglio, events manager of Porter Square Books, an independent and employee-owned community bookstore in Cambridge, MA. Previously, Meglio spent six years working in publishing. She holds a BA in literature from Brown University.
In the lawless, drought-ridden lands of the Arizona Territory in 1893, two extraordinary lives unfold. 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.
Meanwhile, 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 Lurie’s death-defying trek at last intersects with Nora’s plight is the surprise and suspense of this brilliant novel.
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.