These are four stories I loved reading this week.
Tonight by Hema Nataraju in Atlas and Alice
“One of two things can happen tomorrow: either the parents will accept their newborn the way he is, despite the beard that touches the tips of his toes…” Hema Nataraju captures that terrifying moment of choosing the future – will it be bright, or dark?
The Thirteenth Head by Brinda Charry in Vestal Review
“Thirteen brown women live in a small town in America. They have a slight problem: each one of them is constantly mistaken for one of the others…” This is one of those wondrous tales I can’t say anything about for fear of spoiling it, so just go read the story instead.
No Running by Taylor Clarke in Okay Donkey
“No one could tell him what to do, not anymore, so he went to the pool…” Taylor Clarke brings us to an underwater tea party, where she makes us feel like we not only know Colin, we’ve known him our whole lives.
Remote Control by Nnedi Okorafor by Tor
“She’s the adopted daughter of the Angel of Death. Beware of her. Mind her. Death guards her like one of its own.” YEAH I KNOW. Go read this book, and like me you’ll be slowing down towards the end, reluctant to let go of Sankofa’s eerie, skating-on-the-edge of reality world.
Join me next week, for four more fantastic stories.