Where the Dead Sit Talking by Brandon Hobson
Brandon Hobson’s novel has flown a bit more under the radar than the previous two finalists, though it’s still racked up its fair share of accolades, including a starred review from Publishers Weekly and praise from The Tulsa Voice, Booklist, and Library Journal. Hobson won a Pushcart Prize in 2016 and his writing has appeared in The Paris Review Daily, NOON, and The Oklahoma Review. As for When the Dead Sit Talking, “Hobson’s narrative control is stunning, carrying the reader through scenes and timelines with verbal grace and sparse detail. Far more than a mere coming-of-age story, this is a remarkable and moving novel,” praises Publishers Weekly.