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Brown Girl in the Ring
Brown Girl in the Ring | 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.
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LeshaMac
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Not my norm, but good. A young girl living in Canada, in the projects, with her baby vodoo healing grandmother. There's a guy by the name of Rudy that deals in the black market of organ trafficking and running drugs that area and uses vodoo in an evil way to control people. When a string of events makes the young girl and Rudy go head to head it becomes good vs evil. Very entertaining with a little life lessons in there and great narration

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rabbitprincess
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This was a Canada Reads finalist in 2008. Not sure what prompted me to pick it up now, but I'm glad I did. Compelling and with flashes of great intensity (and one scene I didn't want to be reading while eating lunch 😖). Another good speculative fiction book set in Toronto!

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rabbitprincess
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A fitting library haul for #ThatGirl on #TimbitTunes. I didn't plan this, but it worked out well 😁

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DuckOfDoom
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@silentrequiem WOW!! Thank you so much for the awesome #makerswap gifts! I feel so spoiled 🙈 I love everything 😍 The panda wrapping paper was so cute, too, but I was too excited to take a picture 😅

@LibrarianRyan

silentrequiem Glad you like it! Don't forget to open the pouch! 12mo
LibrarianRyan Fab books. I‘ve read half of them. Great choices. 12mo
DuckOfDoom @silentrequiem oh there is even more in it 😍 I'm speechless! Thank you so much!!!🦆 12mo
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AiBBot
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If you want a fantasy book based on a European middle-age framework, do not read this book. If you want a wild story based on Afro-Caribbean mysticism with in an “abandoned” post apocalyptic Toronto where evil reaches out to consume and corrupt innocence (I am not sure I have ever hated a villain more)with heroines that are flawed yet beautifully brave, read this book.

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xicanti
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Somehow, I always thought BROWN GIRL IN THE RING was about post-apocalyptic arena fighting. It's actually a nearish-future urban fantasy rooted in Caribbean magical traditions. Hopkinson brings her setting (central Toronto after everyone who can afford to flee to the suburbs has done so) to vivid life as she examines the ongoing commodification of Black bodies and the familial connections that shatter or endure under tense conditions.

2BR02B My book club just read this, but I sadly had to miss it. Still want to read it ASAP, though. 1y
xicanti @2BR02B I hope you can squeeze it in! It's seriously good. 1y
tournevis @2BR02B Do run to read this. It's so good! 1y
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LitSidekick
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Looks like some adventuring is in our future! #blackgirlmagic #historicallyaccuratedragons

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LitSidekick
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I‘m still learning African and African diaspora religions, but every time a deity I‘ve learned about pops upIn the book I‘m reading I get excited. #blackgirlmagic #historicallyaccuratedragons

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LitSidekick
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In the second chapter and this book reminds me of Tracy Chapman‘s song Fast Car.

“Won‘t have to drive too far, just cross the border and into the city. You and I can both get jobs, finally see what it means to be living.”

#historicallyaccuratedragons

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WomanistBibliophile
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#readingwomenmonth
Dystopian reads. Afro-futurism.

#blacklit

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Jennivardier
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It took me a little while to get used to the dialect, but once I did, it was an excellent read!

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WomanistBibliophile
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Currently cozy and reading Brown Girl in the Ring.

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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego
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Discovered this Caribbean-Canadian author from a fellow Litten! An afrofuturistic story mixed with West Indian folklore. Set in a decrepit Toronto... It took a while for me to get into the story, but I liked the book overall. Definitely makes me want to research caribbean folklore! I would read more of her work.

#blackhistorymonth

tournevis The movie based on this, "Brown Girl Begins" is already out. I don't know how widely available it is, though. It looks great! 2y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @tournevis Ooohhh. Good to know. I would totally watch that! Will have to keep an eye out. Thanks!! 2y
lele1432 I've wondered about this book! Wasn't sure if it'd be my cup of tea, but the synopsis and the cover look so interesting. 2y
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SaunteringVaguelyDownwards
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My transportation entertainment during the MLA conference. I loved the mix of dystopian future and Caribbean traditions, from the dialect to the medicine. But I also loved how this was a book about negotiating relationships and trying to figure out who you are in the world.

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dastevensish
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A mix of urban fantasy, horror, and dystopia. Heavy doses of Afro-Caribbean folklore. I struggled a bit at the beginning with the dialect (a failing that was obviously entirely my own, not Hopkinson's), but soon fell in love with this aspect of her storytelling as it created an even richer experience. So glad I finally got around to to reading this! #readdiversebooks #ownvoices

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LitSidekick
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It's like my family knows me and what I'd want.

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pocketmermaid
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Starting this tonight for a project I'm doing on Black women & science fiction! (Though I probably won't get too far before my wrists fall asleep and I drop the book on my face. Having a bad pain day.)

Vexingcircumstance Awesome cover 3y
Bibliogeekery Such a great book! 3y
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Babs_book_obsession
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I really enjoyed the originality of the story. So refreshing to read something completely different in dystopian fiction.

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sandra888
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had to put this one back on the TBR list. too distracted by deadlines to do it justice. but i will definitely pick it up again.

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Bibliogeekery
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Hey #Litsy folks. I'm so curious where everyone here is from. Also, I love books that are set in places I've been to, want to go, or where my friends live. If you feel inspired I'd love to hear where you live and about a book set in your town! I live in Toronto ON, Canada. Brown Girl in the Ring was set in Toronto. I'm quite fond of the park that it mostly takes place in. I love the post apocalyptic magical future version of Toronto Nalo creates.

sprainedbrain I live in a very rural part of the very rural state of Iowa. No books that I know of are set in my town, but I have The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend on my tbr, and it's at least set in my state. 😃 3y
TheLondonBookworm I'm from London :) so there's a ton of books set here, but Rivers of London is a pretty good one as it name drops so many funky places! 3y
jessberk13 I'm original from New York, but am now living near Philadelphia. Tons of books set in both places! 3y
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jessberk13 Originally*** ahhh I hope the next @Litsy update allows comment edits! 😂😂😂 3y
jessberk13 @sprainedbrain my dad is from Dubuque! 3y
bookishkris Originally from Rhode Island, and I loved Ann Hood's The Knitting Circle, which is set mostly in Providence. Currently live in Denver, and I've read lots of books that are at least partially set here, but none that I liked enough to recommend. 3y
britt_brooke I'm too chicken to read scary books, but I've chosen An American Haunting which is the story of the Bell Witch set in Adams, TN which is not terribly far from where I live (Nashville area). 3y
scripturient I live in Duisburg, Germany. Not many novels are set here, just those of a few local crime writers. :) 3y
Varshitha I am from India, there are tons of books set in India but Malgudi Days is one of my childhood favourites.. 3y
Mayread I'm currently an Angeleno. There are a ton of books (& movies & tv, ha!) set in L.A. Some of them get the city right, but a ton of them play into stereotypes or the popular idea of the city. (Like that everyone here has plastic surgery & is a model/actor wannabe w an IQ of 90). Janet Fitch does the city right in Paint it Black & 3y
CherylDeFranceschi I live in Chicago, Illinois and in particular in the places mentioned in this book, which I love! 3y
Gleefulreader I'm from Toronto too! 3y
elkeo_TheBookDragon I live near and work in San Francisco so Penumbra is my choice among many set here. Plus the novella Ajax Penumbra 1969 - they are a set in my mind📚 3y
Julian.Wotherspoon I live in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Mystery writer Gale Bowen sets her stories here. There is also a couple pages in Yann Martel's 'self' set here. I'm sure there's more. I feel like there are so many Canadian prairie writers so there must be! 3y
JillMoore1226 I live in Phoenix, AZ and I am hard pressed to think of a book set here. Anyone able to help me out on that one? 3y
youngreadrshelf Shreveport, LA, here. And the Sookie Stackhouse books set near here. 3y
Imagineannie East Lansing, Michigan. Not much fiction about this area, but I love several Michigan reads including The Turner House, Middlesex, Anatomy of a Murder, and several of Hemingway's Nick Adams stories. 3y
[DELETED] 2232195534 I'm in Central Texas, close to Austin. Our slogan is 'keep Austin weird'. We are a very eclectic town. The most recent book (non-fic and 1800's) I can think of set here is 3y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag I'm in Melbourne, Australia - there are many brilliant books set in my city. There is the Phryne Fisher mysteries by Kerry Greenwood (made into an excellent television series called The Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries) set in the 1920s. Most recently - which is set in the suburb that I grew up in. 3y
Gayan I live in tiny Boston, Kentucky and there is no book set here but the Rolling Fork River is mentioned in Silence of the Lambs and it is less than a mile from my house. I was born in Louisville, KY home of the Kentucky Derby and Double Jeopardy was written about a crime committed there. 3y
BookishFeminist I live in Washington, DC. We have just about every terrifying political thriller set here, lol. My faves are the Alex Cross series by James Patterson & The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown. Only novel I can think of is Erasure by Percival Everett and it's fantastic! 3y
sprainedbrain @jessica Cool! Not far from where I work. 3y
Dragon The only book I could think of set in Victoria is this scary one I read as a kid. So far I haven't met any ghosts 3y
Suzze Born and raised in Detroit. One of my favorites set in my hometown is The Turner House. I now live a few miles outside the city, but my heart is always there. 3y
Lindy I live in Edmonton, Alberta and one of my book clubs is doing a year of reading local. It's great reading books set in our city. 3y
Yamich49 I live on the Hoopa Reservation in far Northern California. The only books really set here are ones related to my tribe and our culture so far. I still hold out hope that a local person will write a cool dystopian or Ya novel set on the Rez... 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage I live in Lancaster, PA in the heart of Amish country, although I'm not Amish or a farmer. I just discovered that Jodi Picoult wrote a book set in a town near here called Paradise. 3y
Ellen_C I am originally from Cincinnati, which is where Curtis Sittenfeld set "Eligible." I used to babysit Curtis and her sister when they were little; they lived next door! I loved that she included so many references to our old neighborhood. I currently live in Canonsburg, PA, which is in southwestern PA (not far from Pittsburgh). I don't know of any books set here. 3y
KVanRead Wow love learning where everyone lives all over the globe. I used to live in Toronto but now live near San Francisco, home to so many good books. Penumbra is a favorite. I also love Paul Madonna's newest, Close Enough for the Angels and also 3y
Bookish_B I live in Los Angeles, CA. I'm sure there are plenty of books set here just can't actually think of any 😳 3y
becausetrains Living near DC now, but raised in the northern suburbs of Minneapolis. John Sandford wrote a bunch of books set nearby, and since I can't remember the exact one I was thinking about - 3y
bookloversnevergotobedalone I live in Vista just North of San Diego, CA and I don't know of any books set here but I grew up in Los Angeles and my favorite book set there is 3y
Ian I live in the suburbs of Chicago. There are a few books set in cities closer to me, but I just read Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge and so many of the neighborhoods downtown were familiar stomping grounds of mind I'm gonna say that one. 3y
Ian @JillMoore1226 if you're not averse to paperback fantasy novels the Iron Druid Chronicles (at least then first few books) take place in Phoenix. The first book is called Hounded and I love them. Lots of Phoenix vs Scottsdale jokes! 3y
sparklemotion I live in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. And I believe part of "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" is set there. 3y
zembla Los Angeles! There's Raymond Chandler (my favorite), Nathaniel West, Joan Didion, more that I can't think of right now... and I just finished a thriller from this year that doubles as delicious LA satire: 3y
Bookbeez I live in the burbs of Chicago. Nothing in my hometown, but three that come to mind are The Adventures of Augie March, Crossing California, and Devil in the White City...oh and Divergent. I feel like every city should get some sort of dystopian YA novel as a right of passage. 3y
LibrarianJen I'm in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We claim Breaking Bad, Ernie Pyle, Rudolfo Anaya and Tony Hillerman. 3y
bedandabook London. Too many to choose from! 3y
Gezemice Urbana, IL. Don't know of fiction in this town, but the University of Illinois is here so there are non-fiction and research papers. This book is by someone we know personally and is beautiful and fun: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6678064-elements 3y
readinginthedark I live in Missouri and haven't found a lot of good contemporary books set in my state. But we can claim Mark Twain and part of Laura Ingalls Wilder's life! 3y
SaraFair I live in NE NC in a little town close to the Outer Banks. So closest I can think of is Nicholas Sparks. But our small town is very much like the one in the Jan Karon series starting with At Home in Mitford. 3y
quirkyreader I currently live in Indianapolis, Indiana. And as just about everybody knows that John Green set The Fault In Our Stars here. 3y
itsbrb I live in Augusta, GA. The only one I can think of is Tobacco Road. It's a horrible read but short, so it's forgivable. 3y
marixa Austin, Texas...drawing a blank , but O. Henry is from here. Also the zombie trilogy by Justin Cronin is set in nearby (ish) Kerville. Mmm...Texas Chainsaw Massacre house is nearby? Lol. 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I'm in Pennsylvania in a little town called Catawissa. I had to search last year for a reading challenge to find a book set here, and this is the only one I found... 3y
bookishchelle Vancouver, BC Canada. 3y
Hugoreads Boston MA 🌟 So many set here! 3y
Bibliogeekery Thanks everyone!So great to hear where folks live and what books are set in your home!!!! 3y
Simona @Bibliogeekery From Maribor in Slovenija (Slovenia), small city in small country without big books in English 🤗 3y
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sandra888
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just had the pleasure of doing a podcast interview on food & cooking & writing alongside Nalo Hopkinson. thought it a sign that i ought to finally read this, though i've been a fan since seeing her in-person at a con in 1999!

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Ellen_C
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Part Caribbean fairy tale, part dystopian fiction, 100% fantastic. Nalo Hopkinson creates some truly ass-kicking female protagonists. http://cannonballread.com/2015/09/has-everyone-been-reading-nalo-hopkinson-witho...

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Shellyzev
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My current read for school! It takes place in Toronto so I managed to get a picture of it in front of one of its iconic settings. I'm really enjoyed this so far!

booknerdcanada Oh yay! Didn't know it was set in Toronto 4y
Bibliogeekery Love that book! 3y
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