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This Town Sleeps

Audiobook
Fiction: General
Unabridged   6 hour(s)
Publication date: 03/03/2020

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This Town Sleeps

A Novel

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684578757
Digital Download ISBN:9781684578740

Summary

Set on a reservation in far northern Minnesota, This Town Sleeps explores the many ways history, culture, landscape, and lineage shape our lives, our understanding of the world we inhabit, and the stories we tell ourselves to make sense of it all.

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Set on a reservation in far northern Minnesota, This Town Sleeps explores the many ways history, culture, landscape, and lineage shape our lives, our understanding of the world we inhabit, and the stories we tell ourselves to make sense of it all.

On an Ojibwe reservation called Languille Lake, within the small town of Geshig at the hub of the rez, two men enter into a secret romance. Marion Lafournier, a midtwenties gay Ojibwe man, begins a relationship with his former classmate Shannon, a heavily closeted white man. While Marion is far more open about his sexuality, neither is immune to the realities of the lives of gay men in small towns and closed societies.

Then one night, while roaming the dark streets of Geshig, Marion unknowingly brings to life the spirit of a dog from beneath the elementary school playground. The mysterious revenant leads him to the grave of Kayden Kelliher, an Ojibwe basketball star who was murdered at the young age of seventeen and whose presence still lingers in the memories of the townsfolk. While investigating the fallen hero's death, Marion discovers family connections and an old Ojibwe legend that may be the secret to unraveling the mystery he has found himself in.

Reviews/Praise

"Rangy . . . Credit Staples for complicating the story in some interesting ways . . . A smirking humor that cuts the mordant atmosphere, and a graceful handling of Ojibwe culture . . . A knotty portrait of Ojibwe life with some winningly uncanny touches." ―Kirkus Reviews

"In frank, urgent language, [This Town Sleeps] explores the mystery of this murder and so much more." ―Library Journal

Author Bio

Dennis E. Staples is an Ojibwe writer from Bemidji, Minnesota. He graduated from the Institute of American Indian Arts with an MFA in fiction. He is a graduate of the 2018 Clarion West Writers Workshop and a recipient of the Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarship. This Town Sleeps is his first book.