The Audacious Book Club Discussion: The Removed (Part 2)

We’ve discussed extensively how our previous book club selections have functioned as dynamic archival texts, and this month’s book follows in that tradition as well. But instead of functioning primarily as a collective archive, The Removed also functions as a personal one: in an essay for LitHub, Brandon Hobson talks about how he uses material from his grandfather’s notebook in the novel. How does The Removed help us to understand the relationship between personal archive and collective or communal archive? What impact does a text like this have on our understanding of and the preservation of Indigenous heritage, particularly Cherokee heritage? What other ways does it handle archive differently or similarly to Black Futures and Detransition, Baby?