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The Only Good Indians Hardcover – 1 June 2020
—Tommy Orange, Pulitzer Prize finalist of There There
"I like stories where nobody escapes their pasts because it's what I fear most."—Terese Marie Mailhot, New York Times bestselling author of Heart Berries
One of Publishers Weekly's Most Anticipated Books of 2020!
“A heartbreakingly beautiful story about hope and survival, grappling with themes of cultural identity, family, and traditions.” —Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW
“This novel works both as a terrifying chiller and as biting commentary on the existential crisis of indigenous peoples adapting to a culture that is bent on eradicating theirs.” —Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW
“Subtly funny and wry at turns, this novel will give you nightmares. The good kind, of course.”—Buzzfeed
"The best yet from one of the best in the business. An emotional depth that staggers, built on guilt, identity, one's place in the world, what's right and what's wrong. The Only Good Indians has it all: style, elevation, reality, the unreal, revenge, warmth, freezing cold, and even some slashing. In other words, the book is made up of everything Stephen Graham Jones seemingly explores and, in turn, everything the rest of us want to explore with him."
—Josh Malerman, New York Times bestselling author of Bird Box and A House at the Bottom of a Lake.
"How long must we pay for our mistakes, for our sins? Does a thoughtless act doom us for eternity? This is a novel of profound insight and horror, rich with humor and intelligence. The Only Good Indians is a triumph; somehow it’s a great story and also a meditation on stories. I've wondered who would write a worthy heir to Peter Straub's Ghost Story. Now I know the answer: Stephen Graham Jones."
—Victor LaValle, author of The Ballad of Black Tom and The Changeling
"Stephen Graham Jones is one of our greatest treasures. His prose here pops and sings, hard-boiled poetry conspiring with heartbreakingly-alive characters." —Sam J. Miller, Nebula-Award-Winning author of Blackfish City
“Jones... has written a masterpiece. The book is… as instinctive and essential as it is harsh. Despite the blood and bleakness, The Only Good Indians is ultimately also about hope and the promise of the future...Read it.” ― Locus Magazine
About the Author
- Publisher : Gallery / Saga Press (1 June 2020)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1982136456
- ISBN-13 : 978-1982136451
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 3.05 x 21.27 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 180,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Overall it's a great read. I did find my attention slipping at times, but current events are not doing my concentration any favours, and basketball isn't any part of my life (although its role in the book is a good fit).
Top reviews from other countries
I think there’s a significant amount here on identity, from connection to heritage and how you feel that, manifest it, and how you navigate the evils and perils of the modern world when that world tries to sideline and ridicule that identity. This is a deeply wise novel.
And I don’t know how often you think about elk - possibly not often - but you won’t think about them the same way again.
Anyway, I loved this book.
I love the setting and what I learned about reservation life and culture but that's all.
I struggled a bit with the basketball sections which get quite technical but it's a minor complaint.