The Chicago Sun-Times' interview with Nnedi Okorafor

I mentioned Nnedi Okorafor's Who Fears Death (Canada, USA, Europe, AbeBooks) last week, for I believed that many people hanging around the Hotlist might be intrigued by something different.

For those of who are interested in learning more about the author, Mary Houlian interviewed Nnedi Okorafor for the Chicago Sun-Times. You can find the full article here.

I received my review copy from Daw Books at the end of last week, so this one just went to the top of my "books to read" pile.

Interestingly enough, Betsy Wollheim, editor-in-chief at Daw, had this to say when I got in touch with her to request a copy:

I’m glad that you want to read WHO FEARS DEATH. It’s an awesome book, in my opinion. It’s gotten huge critical acclaim, but I think some of the reviews (although glowing) may be scaring away readers, and that’s a shame. Yes, the book is a feminist work that touches on some difficult topics, like the African practice of clitorectomy, genocide and racism between tribes, rape, etc. However, it is told in first person from the viewpoint of a magical, shape-changing shaman, and she is fierce! I found the book transcendent and ultimately uplifting, as well as quite true to human nature on many levels. Oddly, it’s not a bummer! It’s really a very empowering book, and although feminist, two of the most beloved characters in the novel are men.

Hmmm, now I'm even more eager to read it!

3 commentaires:

Itchy (aka Jared) said...

I actually put a hold on this book at my local library after reading your previous blog post.

I've read several books at your recommendation and you haven't steered me wrong yet!

P.S. Bitter Seeds by Ian Tregillis was fantastic!

Cecrow said...

I think Patrick Rothfuss knows the author and has praised this work on his blog.

IanS said...

Is this going to be available for the Kindle at some point in the future?