Morgan Talty never expected his debut book to be a runaway success

To say that 2022 has been a good year for Penobscot Nation author Morgan Talty would be a bit of an understatement.

Talty, 31, who lives in Levant with his wife Jorden, has watched his debut short story collection, “Night of the Living Rez,” receive an avalanche of accolades since its release in July. This week the book was named one of the New York Times’ 100 best books of 2022, in the company of established authors like Barbara Kingsolver, Jennifer Egan, Cormac McCarthy and fellow Mainer Elizabeth Strout.

That’s in addition to the book being named in the past month to best books of the year lists by Time Magazine, Esquire, NPR and Publisher’s Weekly. In September, Talty won the 2022 New England Book Award for Fiction, and this month he was named a 2023 finalist for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for fiction.

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