Monday, February 14, 2022

Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson

Published in 1998, this is a tale of Carribbean magic transplanted to a future post-apocalypse Toronto. In another sense it is a coming of age family story. Ti-Jeanne has just had a baby, and settles with her grandmother, a folk healer and magic practitioner. The baby's father is ominously tied in with the posse of organized crime, run by Rudy, who is kept young by an enslaved duppy who is fed childrens' blood but who must also follow Rudy's murderous orders.  Ti-Jeanne of course runs afowl of Rudy, who it turns out is her grandfather, and Ti-Jeanne gets some aid from the duppy, who turns out to be her mother's spirit. It's a competent tale, but not much more. 

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