Author: Ekaterina Sedia
Publisher: Prime Books
Date (to be) Published: November 2010
Synopsis: (from publisher)
A young college student, Vimbai moves into a dilapidated house in the dunes and discovers that one of her new roommates has a pocket universe instead of hair, there’s a psychic energy baby living in the telephone wires, and her dead Zimbabwean grandmother is now doing dishes in the kitchen. Strange things start moving under the porch, as the house continues to grow and mutate, and creates from African urban legends all but take it over. Now Vimbai has to find a way back to the real world, even if it means coming to terms with her past … the past that only exists in discarded dreams.
Where Did It Come From?
Amazon wish list purchase.
Why Did I Choose It?
I’ve read Sedia’s Alchemy of Stone as well as an anthology she edited and love her work.
This was yet another delightful work from Sedia. Her ability to describe places and events in such detail that they come to life from the page is amazing. The story follows Vimbai as she moves into a house with two roommates and their adventures when the house floats out to sea and they must find a way back home. Filled with well researched folklore and myth from around the world, this story springs from the page and inspires you to hop online and learn more about these cultural references.
If you enjoy Sedia’s work or if you’ve never read her before, now is the time to pick up a copy and get to know her.