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Publisher's Summary

Hugo award-winning and New York Times best-selling author N. K. Jemisin sharply examines modern society in her first short story collection.   

N. K. Jemisin is one of the most powerful and acclaimed speculative fiction authors of our time. In the first collection of her evocative short fiction, Jemisin equally challenges and delights listeners with thought-provoking narratives of destruction, rebirth, and redemption.    

In these stories, Jemisin sharply examines modern society, infusing magic into the mundane and drawing deft parallels in the fantasy realms of her imagination. Dragons and hateful 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' soul.  

©2018 N. K. Jemisin (P)2018 Hachette Audio UK

Critic Reviews

"The most celebrated science fiction and fantasy writer of her generation.... Jemisin seems able to do just about everything." (New York Times)

"Smart, sharp and very, very timely." (i newspaper)

"An important collection by a rising star." (Guardian)

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  • Nancy Smith
  • 11-12-20

Loved this collection

Each short story was unique and compelling in its own way. I really enjoyed this read and would highly recommend it for sci-fi lovers.

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  • D. Davidson
  • 09-24-20

A Delicious Book

Every story was excellent, gave most of them several listens. The narraters were also excellent.

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  • saskiadotritchieatgmaildotcom
  • 10-10-19

superb intro to Jemisin if you are new

this is just a great mix of stories showcasing the talents of N K Jemisin. I'm a recent convert and lived this anthology.

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  • russ
  • 04-05-19

loved it. big fan of some of the reading

some really nice reading, good collection of short stories. if you like jemisin this is a no brainer, if you haven't read her before it's a good place to start, or just go read her trilogy as that one is lovely

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  • 04-15-21

Angry

this lady can write, obviously angry but hey write what you know.
I find myself ruminating about these stories for days.
any story that provokes thought and introspection like these do deserve respect.