Night of the Living Rez

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 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. Night of the Living Rez is the selected short story collection for Read ME 2023.

“Raw, powerful, loving, this is a book that many Mainers will feel especially close to.”

—Colin Woodard, Read ME 2023 Recommending Author

Themes this
book addresses

  • Family
  • Place
  • Boundaries
  • Nature
  • Identity
  • Hope
  • Community
  • Generational Trauma
  • Resiliency
  • Race


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