An Unkindness of Ghosts

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340 pages USA
ISBN: 9781617755880
Language: English
Publisher: Akashic Books
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Synopsis

Odd-mannered, obsessive, withdrawn--botanist and healer Aster Gray has little to offer folks in rebuttal when they call her ogre and freak. She's used to the names; she only wishes there was more truth to them. If she were truly the monster they accused of her being, she'd be powerful enough to tear down the walls of HSS Matilda, the generation ship ferrying the last of humanity to a mythical Promised Land.

When a series of blackouts threatens Matilda's voyage as well as the lonely life Aster has carved out for herself in the slum decks of the ship, she becomes embroiled in a grudge with a brutal overseer bent on bringing her to heel. Aster may have found a way to improve her lot--if she's willing to take him on and sow the seeds of civil war.

AN UNKINDNESS OF GHOSTS was a best book of 2017 in The Guardian, NPR, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Bustle, Bookish, Barnes & Noble, and more, as well as a Stonewall Honor Book, Firecracker winner, and a finalist for a Locus, Lambda, Tiptree, and Hurston/Wright award.

QueerEvents.ca - Queer Books - Author Rivers Solomon

Rivers Solomon

Rivers Solomon is a dyke, an anarchist, a she-beast, an exile, a shiv, a wreck, and a refugee of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. Fae writes about life in the margins, where fae's much at home.

In addition to appearing on the Stonewall Honor List and winning a Firecracker Award, Solomon's debut novel AN UNKINDNESS OF GHOSTS (Akashic Books) was a finalist for a Lambda, a Hurston/Wright, a Tiptree, and a Locus Award, among others. Solomon's second book, THE DEEP (Saga Press), based on the Hugo-nominated song of the same name by experimental hip-hop group clipping,  was the winner of the 2020 Lambda Award and is on the shortlist for a Nebula, Locus, and Hugo award.  Faer third book, SORROWLAND (MCD/FSG) is forthcoming May 4, 2021.

Solomon's short work appears in or is forthcoming from Black Warrior Review, the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, Guernica, Best American Short Stories, Tor.com, Best American Horror and Dark Fantasy, and elsewhere.

Rivers Solomon uses "fae/faer/faer/faers/faerself" and "they, them, their, theirs, themeslf" pronouns.

 

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