New Book: Nalo Hopkinson’s “Sister Mine”


This month Nalo Hopkinson’s new novel Sister Mine (2013) was published by Grand Central Publishing. Here is a description. Our next post features a review of the novel by Genevieve Valentine [see Genevieve Valentine Reviews Nalo Hopkinson’s “Sister Mine”]:

Description: Now adults, Makeda and Abby still share their childhood home. The surgery to separate the two girls gave Abby a permanent limp, but left Makeda with what feels like an even worse deformity: no mojo. The daughters of a celestial demigod and a human woman, Makeda and Abby were raised by their magical father, the god of growing things–an unusual childhood that made them extremely close. Ever since Abby’s magical talent began to develop, though, in the form of an unearthly singing voice, the sisters have become increasingly distant.

Today, Makeda has decided it’s high time to move out and make her own life among the other nonmagical, claypicken humans–after all, she’s one of them. In Cheerful Rest, a run-down warehouse, Makeda finds exactly what she’s been looking for: a place to get some space from Abby and begin building her own independent life. There’s even a resident band, led by the charismatic (and attractive) building superintendent. But when her father goes missing, Makeda will have to find her own talent–and reconcile with Abby–if she’s to have a hope of saving him . . .

Nalo Hopkinson is a Jamaican novelist and short story writer, who specializes in science fiction and fantasy. Based in Canada (she has also lived in Guyana and Trinidad), she often draws on Caribbean history and traditions for her novels and short stories. Her work includes novels such as Brown Girl in the Ring, Midnight Robber, The Salt Roads, and The New Moon’s Arms) and short stories, which she has published in several anthologies, including her own short story collection Skin Folk. Hopkinson has also edited two fiction anthologies Whispers From the Cotton Tree Root: Caribbean Fabulist Fiction and Mojo: Conjure Stories. She has received various awards such as the Warner Aspect First Novel award, the Sunburst Award for Canadian literature of the fantastic, the World Fantasy Award, the Gaylactic Spectrum Award, and Honourable Mention in Cuba’s Casa de las Americas Prize for literature.

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