Summary from Goodreads:
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 city 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 figure out how to 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.
|I bought How Long ’til Black Future Month? the day it came out – I couldn’t get a galley – and have been reading it very, very slowly. Maybe one story a week or so. Sometimes I had to take a little time to digest a story. I tried to speed up my reading by borrowing the audiobook from the library – the narrators were very good, but I was having trouble with the short story format on audio, so I went back to my hardcover. NK Jemisin is such a master storyteller and this collection has incredible range, from the most delicate magical realism to the hardest hard SF with fantasy, horror, steampunk, and cyberpunk scattered along the way. SO damn good. Standout stories were “The Ones Who Stay and Fight,” “The Effluent Engine,” “The Storyteller’s Replacement,” “Cuisine des Memoires,” “The Narcomancer,” “Sinners, Saints, Dragons, and Haints, in the City Beneath the Still Waters,” and, of course, “The City Born Great” (which was the basis for Jemisin’s new novel The City We Became).|
Dear FTC: I read my own damn copy of this book.