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Reconstruction by Alaya Dawn Johnson

Reconstruction: Stories

Alaya Dawn Johnson

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1 review

Category: Fiction
Imprint: Small Beer Press
Publisher: Small Beer Press
Publication date: 1 Jan 2021
ISBN: 9781618731777

An immersive, rich collection from an author whose work reaches across time and continents to explore unexpected and untold stories.

4 stars out of 5
Simon Ings
8 Jan 2021

"wanders promiscuously from science fiction to fantasy to historical fiction and back again, jumbling expectations as it goes"

The effortless oddness of these creatures is worthy of Jack Vance. So, to be honest, is the melodramatic mess Johnson makes of this story’s climax. Endings, it’s fair to say, are not her strong suit. It almost doesn’t matter. Johnson is one of the few writers in the genre who handles high emotion without preciousness, and she brings an almost unbearable pathos to many of these stories.