Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson

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The rich and privileged have fled the city, barricaded it behind roadblocks, and left it to crumble. The inner city has had to rediscover old ways-farming, barter, herb lore. But now the monied need a harvest of bodies, and so they prey upon the helpless of the streets. With nowhere to turn, a young woman must open herself to ancient truths, eternal powers, and the tragic mystery surrounding her mother and grandmother.

She must bargain with gods, and give birth to new legends.
 

About Nalo Hopkinson

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Nalo Hopkinson was born in Jamaica and has lived in Guyana, Trinidad, and Canada. The daughter of a poet/playwright and a library technician, she has won numerous awards including the John W. Campbell Award, the World Fantasy Award, and Canada's Sunburst Award for literature of the fantastic. Her award-winning short fiction collection Skin Folk was selected for the 2002 New York Times Summer Reading List and was one of the New York Times Best Books of the Year. Hopkinson is also the author of The New Moon's Arms, The Salt Roads, Midnight Robber, and Brown Girl in the Ring. She is a professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside, and splits her time between California, USA, and Toronto, Canada.
 
Published March 15, 2001 by Aspect. 281 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Those who remain in the Burn are survivors like Ti-Jeanne and her grandmother Mami, who trade herbal cures and spells for necessities, or predators like drug-lord Rudy and the ""posse"" of men, including Ti-Jeanne's ex-lover Tony, who sell ""buff"" for him.

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Pajiba

Maybe this is a commentary on how we don’t really think about the powers-that-be until their henchmen (tax men) come around asking for a pound of flesh (taxes).

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SF Site

Nalo Hopkinson has a few published short stories in addition to her first novel, Brown Girl in the Ring.

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SF Site

Nalo Hopkinson has recently published a collection of short stories, Skin Folk, in addition to her first two novels, Brown Girl in the Ring and Midnight Robber.

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Fantasy Literature

Brown Girl in the Ring is a novel that may have been a little ahead of its time.

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Scotch (a nickname, as in Hot Scotch Bonnet) is a 16-year-old bi-racial girl (white Jamaican father, African-American mother) who was forced to move to a new school in Toronto because of bullying and slut-shaming at her old school in Guelph (a largely white university town outside of Toronto).

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Scotch (a nickname, as in Hot Scotch Bonnet) is a 16-year-old bi-racial girl (white Jamaican father, African-American mother) who was forced to move to a new school in Toronto because of bullying and slut-shaming at her old school in Guelph (a largely white university town outside of Toronto).

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