• Brandon Hobson
Cover of The Removed: A Novel

Quah, Oklahoma. 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 Alzheimers 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. With the familys annual bonfire approaching-- marking both the Cherokee National Holiday and Ray-Rays death-- each of them feels a strange blurring of the boundary between normal life and the spirit world. --Adapted from jacket.


Hobson, Brandon. The Removed: A Novel. New York: Ecco, 2021.