Skin Folk: Stories

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Open Road Media, Jan 27, 2015 - Fiction - 258 pages
The SFWA Grand Master’s award-winning collection “combines a richly textured multicultural background with incisive storytelling” (Library Journal).
 
In Skin Folk, with works ranging from science fiction to Caribbean folklore, passionate love to chilling horror, Nalo Hopkinson is at her award-winning best, spinning tales like “Precious,” in which the narrator spews valuable coins and gems from her mouth whenever she attempts to talk or sing. In “A Habit of Waste,” a self-conscious woman undergoes elective surgery to alter her appearance; days later she’s shocked to see her former body climbing onto a public bus. In “The Glass Bottle Trick,” the young protagonist ignores her intuition regarding her new husband’s superstitions—to horrifying consequences.
 
Hopkinson’s unique pacing and vibrant dialogue sets a steady beat for stories that illustrate why she received the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Entertaining, challenging, and alluring, Skin Folk is not to be missed.
 
Praise for Nalo Hopkinson and the World Fantasy Award–winning Skin Folk
 
“Hopkinson’s prose is vivid and immediate.” —The Washington Post Book World
 
“An important new writer.” —The Dallas Morning News
 
“Her descriptions of ordinary people finding themselves in extraordinary circumstances ring true, the result of her strong evocation of place and her ear for dialect.” —Publishers Weekly
 
“A marvelous display of Nalo Hopkinson’s talents, skills and insights into the human conditions of life, especially of the fantastic realities of the Caribbean . . . Everything is possible in her imagination.” —Science Fiction Chronicle
 

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User Review  - nmele - LibraryThing

These short stories are marvelous, sexy, scary, speculative. Ms. Hopkinson explores what it means to be human and what it means to be a woman using folklore, science fiction, and her experiences as an immigrant to Canada from the Caribbean. This woman can write! Read full review

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User Review  - StellaSandberg - LibraryThing

Actually, most of the stories are too predictable, too much wish-fulfilment, ending with the heroines indulging in rich food and hot sex and righteous anger. But somehow that doesn't matter, I guess ... Read full review

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Contents

RIDING THE
SOMETHING TO HITCH MEAT
SNAKE
UNDER GLASS
THE GLASS BOTTLE TRICK
TANTAN AND DRY BONE
AND THE LILLIESTHEM ABLOW
WHOSE UPWARD FLIGHT I LOVE
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About the author (2015)

Nalo Hopkinson is a Jamaican-born Canadian whose taproots extend to Trinidad and Guyana. She has published numerous novels and short stories and occasionally edits anthologies. 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 numerous times at both the Clarion Writers’ Workshop and the Clarion West Writers Workshop. Hopkinson’s short story collection Falling in Love With Hominids will appear in 2015.

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