Barbadian Author makes Top 20 Science Fiction Books “io9” Can’t Wait To Read in 2010
First of all, my thanks to sungoddess (She and I recently clashed over Christmas on FB, she says she’s gonna blog about it, but I am yet to see any entries ;P) who alerted me to this pleasant bit of a Bajan Overseas News.
io9 is an SF I like to check a fair bit, but somehow the upcoming item escaped my attention;-
Redemption in Indigo, by Karen Lord (Small Beer Press)
This US edition of Lord’s contemporary fairy tale novel has been eagerly anticipated in the scifi/fantasy world. It’s the story of a woman who finally leaves her abusive husband, only to find that this step toward empowerment is nothing compared to what comes next. Here’s how Small Beer Press describes it:
Redemption in Indigo is a clever and entrancing debut which incorporates folktales to tell the story of a woman who frees herself from a troublesome and capricious husband only to become the unwitting heroine in a fantastic struggle to reconcile the supernatural forces of fate with humanity’s free will.
Lord writes that the book is set “in a vaguely African-Caribbean imaginary country (such as one might expect from a Barbadian writer inspired by a Senegalese folk tale).”
I have no idea if Karen is related to Ndelamiko, one can always hope right? *RUNZ CACKLING*
Anyway, I recall Karen not that long ago when she was one of the highlighted readers at the launch of the George Lamming Pedagogical Centre, her contribution that night was left me a bit cold;-
— “The Myth Of The Ugly Stepsister” which appeared to be like Shrek on LSD, this was a short (Deo Gratia) story on a highly surrealistic take about most of the fairytale cliches which kind of left me blank…
But I really would love to read “…Indigo“! I am glad to see Bajans recognised for literature – tek dah, Trevor Marshall – if not for blogs then how would the book get promote? Yuh jokebird!