Brandon Hobson

marlene lopez

Brandon Hobson is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation tribe. He is a recipient of a 2016 Pushcart Prize, and his writing has appeared in such places as ConjunctionsNOONThe Paris Review Daily, the Believer, and elsewhere. His books include Desolation of Avenues UntoldDeep Ellum, and The Levitationist. Where the Dead Sit Talking (Soho Press), his latest novel, is a startling, authentically voiced and lyrically written Native American coming-of-age story. With his single mother in jail, Sequoyah, a fifteen-year-old Cherokee boy, is placed in foster care with the Troutt family. Literally and figuratively scarred by his mother’s years of substance abuse, Sequoyah keeps mostly to himself, living with his emotions pressed deep below the surface. At least until he meets seventeen-year-old Rosemary, another youth staying with the Troutts. Sequoyah and Rosemary bond over their shared Native American background and tumultuous paths through the foster care system, but as Sequoyah’s feelings toward Rosemary deepen, the precariousness of their lives and the scars of their pasts threaten to undo them both.