Three-time Hugo Award winner and NYT bestselling author N. K. Jemisin challenges and delights readers with thought-provoking narratives of destruction, rebirth, and redemption that sharply examine modern society in her first collection of short fiction, which includes never-before-seen stories.
"Marvelous and wide-ranging."--Los Angeles Times"Gorgeous" --NPR Books"Breathtakingly imaginative and narratively bold."--Entertainment Weekly
Spirits haunt the flooded streets of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In a parallel universe, a utopian society watches our world, trying to learn from our mistakes. A black mother in the Jim Crow South must save her daughter from a fey offering impossible promises. And in the Hugo award-nominated short story "The City Born Great," a young street kid fights to give birth to an old metropolis's soul.
For more from N. K. Jemisin, check out:
The Inheritance TrilogyThe Hundred Thousand KingdomsThe Broken KingdomsThe Kingdom of Gods
The Inheritance Trilogy (omnibus edition)Shades in Shadow: An Inheritance Triptych (e-only short fiction)The Awakened Kingdom (e-only novella)
Dreamblood DuologyThe Killing MoonThe Shadowed Sun
The Dreamblood Duology (omnibus)
The Broken EarthThe Fifth SeasonThe Obelisk GateThe Stone Sky
Loved by our collective!
Wow! I am usually luke-warm about short story collections because it rarely feels like enough time for me to become invested in the story or characters, but Jemisin immediately pulled me in within the first couple of sentences. Some of the stories are dystopian and grotesque, many are invigorating and hopeful, most leave lingering questions unanswered. Jemisin allows us only a taste of the strange and wonderful futuristic worlds she has dreamed up.
My favorites were the sensual, mysterious stories centered around food that made me ache for half-forgotten meals, and yearn for flavors yet unknown.
Read for: Something that will blow your mind!
CW: Some blood & gore, death, natural disasters.