Clap Back" - by Nalo Hopkinson - A Short Story- 2021- 21 Pages (included in the Kindle Unlimited Program)
I first encountered the work of Nalo Hopkinson in September of 2021. Here are a portion of my post on her Salt Roads
The Salt Roads should be required reading for the next century. An electrifying bravura performance by one of our most important writers.” —Junot Diaz, author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
“How do I know anything? How is it that my arms stretched out in front of me are so pale? How to I even know that they should be brown like riverbank mud, as they were when I was many goddesses with many worshippers, ruling in lands on the other side of a great, salty ocean? I used to be many, but now we are one, all squeezed together, many necks in one coffle. ” From The Salt Roads
So far this year I have been stunned by the depth and Beauty of two novels by writers hithertonow unread by me. The first was The Master and Margarita by Michail Bulgakov The Salt Roads by Nalo Hopkinson is just amazing beyond my powers to describe how I feel about it.
The Salt Roads focus on the lives of three women of color, living out the consequences of enslavement by Europeans"
(I have also posted on two other of her novels, Midnight Robber and Brown Girls in the Ring)
The central character of the story,Burri, is a iconic fashion designer with an advanced degree in biochemistry Her latest pieces are African inspired and crafted to touch the heart. They enable wearers to absorb nanorobotic memories and recount the stories of Black lives and forgiveness.
"Wenda doesn’t buy it. A protest performance artist, Wenda knows exploitation when she sees it. What she’s going to do with Burri’s breakthrough technology could, in the right hands, change race relations" from the publisher
"Clap Back" is a very intense thought provoking story about how submerged history impacts.
Nalo Hopkinson is a Jamaican-born Canadian whose taproots extend to Trinidad and Guyana. She has published numerous novels and short stories, and has edited and co-edited anthologies, including Whispers From the Cotton Tree Root: Caribbean Fabulist Fiction, andMojo: Conjure Stories. Her writing has received the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, the Locus Award, the World Fantasy Award, the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic, and the Andre Norton Award. Hopkinson is a professor of Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside. She has taught at both the Clarion Writers’ Workshop and the Clarion West Writers’ Workshop. Hopkinson’s short story collection Falling in Love With Hominids was published in 2015 by Tachyon Books. Learn more at nalohopkinson.com.
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