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Night of the Living Rez

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New England Book Award Winner, Fiction

A Finalist for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Fiction, The Story Prize, B&N Discover Book Prize, and PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Short Story Collection

A New York Times, TIME, NPR, Esquire, Oprah Daily, Great Group Reads, Tribal College Journal, San Diego Union-Tribune, Ms. Magazine, Writer's Bone, and Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2022

Set in a Native community in Maine, Night of the Living Rez is a riveting debut collection about what it means to be Penobscot in the twenty-first century and what it means to live, to survive, and to persevere after tragedy.

In twelve striking, luminescent stories, author Morgan Talty—with searing humor, abiding compassion, and deep insight—breathes life into tales of family and a community as they struggle with a painful past and an uncertain future. A boy unearths a jar that holds an old curse, which sets into motion his family’s unraveling; a man, while trying to swindle some pot from a dealer, discovers a friend passed out in the woods, his hair frozen into the snow; a grandmother suffering from Alzheimer’s projects the past onto her grandson; and two friends, inspired by Antiques Roadshow, attempt to rob the tribal museum for valuable root clubs.

A collection that examines the consequences and merits of inheritance, Night of the Living Rez is an unforgettable portrayal of an Indigenous community and marks the arrival of a standout talent in contemporary fiction.

ISBN-13: 9781953534187

Media Type: Paperback

Publisher: Tin House Books

Publication Date: 07-05-2022

Pages: 296

Product Dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Morgan Talty is a citizen of the Penobscot Indian Nation where he grew up. Named one of Narrative’s “30 Below 30,” Talty’s work has appeared in The Georgia Review, Shenandoah, TriQuarterly, Narrative Magazine, LitHub, and elsewhere. He lives in Levant, Maine.

Table of Contents


In a Jar

Get Me Some Medicine

Food for the Common Cold

In a Field of Stray Caterpillars

The Blessing Tobacco

Safe Harbor

Smokes Last


Earth, Speak

Night of the Living Rez

The Name Means Thunder