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This Town Sleeps

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  23 ratings  ·  9 reviews
On an Ojibwe reservation called Languille Lake, within the small town of Geshig at the hub of the rez, two men enter into a secret romance. Marion Lafournier, a midtwenties gay Ojibwe man, begins a relationship with his former classmate Shannon, a heavily closeted white man obsessed with his image as a northern Minnesotan. While Marion is far more open about his sexuality, ...more
Kindle Edition, 224 pages
Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by Counterpoint
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Paris (parisperusing)
Call me picky, but gay people of color deserve better than a shameful struggle love story.

Dennis E. Staples’ This Town Sleeps tells the story of an openly gay Ojibwe man in his mid-twenties named Marion who finds himself back in his native rez town of Geshig where he begins a secret, sexual relationship with one of his former classmates, a closeted white man named Shannon. Although Geshig doesn’t give off the obvious threat of homophobia, Marion and Shannon understand the unspoken
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Kasa Cotugno
Books by native American authors about their interconnected experience in today's world are always revelatory, and this one maybe more than most. Dennis Staples recounts the story of Marion Lafournier, who is out and at ease in his skin but searching for love on the internet. When an old still closeted classmate appears for a date, old rumors and family histories come to light. Set on and near an Obijwe reservation in Minnesota, tribal traditions clash with modern day challenges, and Marion ...more
Lauren
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
I so, so enjoyed this beautifully written, unique little novel about life on the Ojibwe reservation in Minnesota. It’s a mystery, a history, and a little bit of a love story, wrapped into one quiet, pensive book. The main character, Marion Lafournier, is a young gay Ojibwe man, not quite in touch with his Indian roots, but still wanting to live nearby the rez. Marion goes on a little journey of self-discovering, learning about his town’s past, his tribe, his culture, in small, meaningful ways. ...more
Sarah-Hope
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, edelweissplus
Dennis E. Staples' This Town Sleeps is a wonderful tapestry to a book with many threads contributing to a rich narrative with multiple moods and perspectives. Marion, the central character, lives near an Ojibwe reservation, which he lived on when he was younger. He's a gay man trying to meet others like him, but having little luck in the small, everyone-knows-everyone area he calls home. One of the novel's main narrative threads is the story of his on-again, off-again relationship with a beyond ...more
Nayely Gonzalez
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book and didn't put it down until I finished it. It's a story of a young gay man who feels stuck both in his love life as he searches for love in casual encounters, and in a small town he can't seem to get away from. I loved the intergenerational threads and the points of view of the characters that impacted the lives of the rest, intertwined with Ojibwe culture, stories, and myths that shaped the life and identity of the main character.

I did have to get used to the point
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Debutiful
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: debut-2020
It’s easy to say this is a book unlike another I have read. Set in a small reservation town in Minnesota, it is in part a love story, but more than that it is a meditation on culture, place, and identity. Staples uses two men, hiding their love from their community, as a catapult into this world. It is gripping and gritty. There is nothing expected from this work. Staples finds a way to take apart what a story like this should be and rearranges it into something the must be read to fully ...more
Andrew Peters
Part ghost story, part multi-generational family saga, Dennis E. Staples’ This Town Sleeps is an impressive debut that explores the human struggle between hope and despair in a modern indigenous community.

Read the rest of my review at Out in Print.
Andrew
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Staples unravels a haunting mystery through multiple narratives in a way that aligns seamlessly together. Snapshots from several generations of Ojibwe folks are woven into the details of the murder of high school basketball star, Kayden Kelliher-- twelve years later, it seems his ghost still lingers, particularly revolving around 27 year old Marion. Meanwhile, Marion begins falling for an old acquaintance from high school, a white man deep in the closet. This Town Sleeps is may look fairly short ...more
Coltostallion
This review is based on an ARC.

While I generally liked the story and characters, and I appreciated how realistic it is, there were a few things that kept this book from a higher rating for me. The pacing is okay, but the viewpoints jumped around in a way that confused me at first. I eventually got used to it, but never comfortable really. There were a few times the text was, I assume, purposefully not aligned but I didn't really understand why. Page 132 was the one I noticed most. I couldn't
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