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In The Removed, Brandon Hobson—a 2018 National Book Award finalist—reckons with the true cost of trauma both past and present for one Cherokee family that suffers a heartbreaking loss after their teenage son is killed by police. Drawing on Cherokee folklore and spiritual traditions, Hobson uses magical realism to deftly draw a line connecting the historical atrocities committed against Indigenous people to how this violence is manifested today, while also challenging us to consider the power of grief, love and family in the face of immeasurable loss.

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