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Swim home to the vanished / Brendan Shay Basham.


When the river swallowed Kai, Damien's little brother didn't die so much as vanish. As the unbearable loss settles deeper into his bones, Damien, a small-town line cook, walks away from everything he has ever known. Driving as far south as his old truck and his legs allow, he lands in a fishing village beyond the reach of his past where he hopes he can finally forget. But the village has grief of its own. The same day that Damien arrives, a young woman from the community's most powerful family is being laid to rest. A stranger in town, Damien is the object of gossip and suspicion, ignored by all except the dead girl's mother, Ana Maria, who offers Damien a room and a job. Grateful for her kindness, Damien soon begins to fall under Ana Maria's charismatic spell. But how long can he resist the rumors swirling through town suggesting she might have had something to do with her daughter's death? Or deny his strange kinship with one of Ana Maria's surviving daughters, Marta, who knows too well the grief that follows the loss of a sibling--and who is driven by a fierce need for revenge? Swiftly, Damien finds himself caught in a power struggle between the brujas, a whirlwind battle that threatens to sweep the whole village out to sea. Resonant with the Diné creation story and the unshakeable weight of the Long Walk--the forced removal of the Navajo from their land--Swim Home to the Vanished explores the human capacity for grief and redemption, and the lasting effects it has on the soul. -- (Dust jacket)
A haunting debut novel in the indigenous Diné tradition, Swim Home to the Vanished follows a grief-stricken young man who, after his brother's sudden death, seeks refuge--and oblivion--in a mysterious fishing village of brujas. --provided by publisher.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780063241084
  • ISBN: 0063241080
  • Physical Description: 230 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2023]
Subject: Navajo Indians > Fiction.
Brothers > Death > Fiction.
Bereavement > Fiction.
Witches > Fiction.
Murder > Fiction.
Villages > Fiction.
Grief > Fiction.
Mothers and daughters > Fiction.
Deuil > Romans, nouvelles, etc.
Sorcières > Romans, nouvelles, etc.
Meurtre > Romans, nouvelles, etc.
Villages > Romans, nouvelles, etc.
Chagrin > Romans, nouvelles, etc.
Mères et filles > Romans, nouvelles, etc.
Fiction > Indigenous
Fiction > Literary
Fiction > Magical Realism
Grief > Fiction.
Death > Fiction.
Siblings > Fiction.
Navajo Indians > Fiction.
Witches > Fiction.
Genre: Magic realist fiction.
Magic realist fiction.

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La Conner Regional Library FIC BASHAM 113058 FICTION Checked out 08/01/2024

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