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ISBN: 9781618731142
Published: Small Beer Press - March 1st, 2016

Four women (a solider, a scholar, a poet, and a socialite) relate their experiences of a civil war and its aftermath. Every page is haunted by invented historical texts, whole schools of literature, oral traditions, and the complexities of storytelling. Each woman's narrative plumbs the depths of their individual and cultural memories; and surprisingly the ending - where Samatar ties off a wonderful multitude of threads - was so brilliant, such a dark surprise, it was nearly my favorite part. I love this book and found its upending of my expectations in every direction totally revelatory.