Night of the Living Rez by Morgan Talty takes place within a Penobscot community in Maine. The book is a series of stories told from the point of view of David, who inadvertently brought bad juju to his home by digging up a creepy jar of dirt and teeth.
David was just a young boy when he found the jar but the lousy luck lasted for many years. Sure, you could blame the family’s tragedies on other things but David’s mom blamed the jar.
David’s mom called her friend, Frick, so they could figure out how to combat the misfortune that was coming. Frick was a medicine man yet he couldn’t seem to get rid of the evil spirits. In a way, the spirits caught up with everyone in the house.
Several years later, David became a regular at the methadone clinic. His sister, mom, and Frick had other things happen to them that I won’t mention here. Trust me when I say that the curse of the jar was strong.
Although the book is a collection of stories, it was nice that all of the stories were connected and included the same characters. I didn’t want to get attached to a character and then have to move on to the next story. It’s ok to fall in love with characters after a few words but I want to be committed just for a little while.
If you like stories about spirits and Indigenous life then you will enjoy Night of the Living Rez.
If you are too scared of catching the bad juju then get some sage before reading this book.
- I received this ebook from Netgalley. This is my honest review. All opinions are my own. Obviously.