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When the rich and privileged leave the city behind, barricaded behind roadblocks, the people of the inner city must adopt the old ways of farming, barter, and herb lore, but when the monied need a harvest of bodies, one girl bargains with the gods and gives birth to new legends. Original.
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This is Nalo Hopkinson's debut novel, which came to attention when it won the Warner Aspect First Novel Contest. It tells the story of Ti-Jeanne, a young woman in a near-future Toronto that's been all but abandoned by the Canadian government. Anyone who can has retreated from the chaos of the city to the relative safety of the suburbs, and those left in "the burn" must fend for themselves. Ti-Jeanne is a new mother who's trying to come to grips with her as- yet-unnamed baby and also trying to end her relationship with her drug-addict boyfriend Tony. But a passion still burns between the young lovers, and when Tony runs afoul of Rudy, the local ganglord, Ti-Jeanne convinces her grandmother Gros-Jeanne to help out. Gros-Jeanne is a Voudoun priestess, and it's clear that Ti-Jeanne has inherited some of her gifts. Although Ti-Jeanne wants nothing to do with the spirit world, she soon finds herself caught up in a battle to the death with Rudy and the mother she thought she lost long ago. --Craig E. EnglerAbout the Author:
Nalo Hopkinson (born December 20, 1960) is a Jamaican-born writer and editor who lived in several Caribbean countries and the United States before settling in Canada in 1975. Her novels and short stories often draw on Caribbean history and language, and its traditions of oral and written storytelling. Hopkinson is the daughter of Guyanese poet Abdur Rahman Slade Hopkinson. The list of awards that Nalo Hopkinson has received is formidable. They include the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, the Ontario Arts Council Foundation Award for an Emerging Writer, the Philip K. Dick Award, the World Fantasy Award, the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic in 2003, the Locus Award for Best New Writer, the James R. Tiptree Jr. Memorial Award as well as a nomination for the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2001. Hopkinson has a Masters of Arts degree in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University and now teaches writing at various programs around the world. In all of her works, Nalo Hopkinson has helped expand the current definition of science fiction and fantasy and has brought a new, distinct voice to literature.
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