Brown Girl in the Ring

Brown Girl in the Ring

Book - 2012
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In this "impressive debut" from award-winning speculative fiction author Nalo Hopkinson, a young woman must solve the tragic mystery surrounding her family and bargain with the gods to save her city and herself. ( The Washington Post )

The rich and privileged have fled the city, barricaded it behind roadblocks, and left it to crumble. The inner city has had to rediscover old ways -- farming, barter, herb lore. But now the monied need a harvest of bodies, and so they prey upon the helpless of the streets. With nowhere to turn, a young woman must open herself to ancient truths, eternal powers, and the tragic mystery surrounding her mother and grandmother. She must bargain with gods, and give birth to new legends.
Publisher: New York :, Grand Central Publishing,, 2012
ISBN: 9780446674331
Branch Call Number: F HOP
Characteristics: 274 pages ; 21 cm


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WCL_Kiirstin Jun 15, 2020

A vivid, wild ride into the heart of a "future" apocalyptic version of Toronto. The language and the characters are wonderful. The book suffers slightly from telling us too much about how we got to the point where downtown Toronto is a hollowed-out, lawless place; funny how sometimes less is more when it comes to worldbuilding, and in this case the discussion of how we got to where we start in the book is the only part that doesn't feel immediate and real.

But the rest of it is marvelous, imaginative, and full of life. I dreamed about the characters and have been thinking about them since I finished.

Feb 03, 2012

Hopkinson's first novel, which is set in downtown Toronto. Her writing powers were yet to peak, but if you are intrigued by Carribean-inspired fantasy/sci-fi, then you should pick up this book!

Sep 06, 2011

I was expecting something along the lines of Octavia Butler, but despite similar themes I felt the writing, plot, characters, etc., were pretty flat in comparison. It's a very short book, but I couldn't make myself finish it.

Jun 05, 2011

Winner of the 1998 Warner Aspect First Novel Contest

Winner of the 1999 Locus Award for Best First Novel

Shortlisted for the 1998 Philip K. Dick Award

Selected for Canada Reads 2008

Sep 22, 2010

Sci-fi/fantasy set in a post-apocalyptic downtown Toronto. The rich have all left and the core is filled with the very poor.

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