Diversity spotlight Thursday is a meme created by Aimal@Bookshelves and Paperbacks. Each week, you discuss three books: one that you’ve read, one that’s on your TBR and one that hasn’t been released yet.
This is, my friends – without any doubt – the most unexpected and remarkable book I’ve read last year (and the year before, if I’m being honest), soothing and yet poignant at the same time. As far as 5 stars ratings are concerned, mines are often of two kinds : the flashy, mind-blowing, usually crazy ones (what? I love my evil cutters), and the quietly unforgettable others. We Are the Ants is part of the latter : I can’t, for the life of me, think about something I didn’t like in this strange and beautiful story. Must I mention the splendid characterization that gives life to these flawed, multi-layered and endearing human beings, whose relationships are pictured in such honest and real way? The adorable Can I gush about the fact that everything is beautifully crafted, every event way more complicated than it first appears? Should I talk about the heartbreaking yet so realistic confusion between what the characters believe about themselves and the reality? How the fog they’re walking in can be both their end and their relief? I could go on and on and on for hours, it wouldn’t do it more justice than this little sentence can : We Are the Ants is brilliant, and like nothing I read before. Oh, who am I kidding? It just entered my all-times favorites. Highly recommended.
Here I am, trying to find the good words to explain why I want to read this novel, but really, why shouldn’t I? First, it’s a Peter Pan retelling, for crying out loud, and as much as the original story made me cringe (really), I just can’t look away from any retelling because this story, this world will always keep its fascinating appeal in my eyes. Through the years I’ve read quiet retellings that broke my heart – Tiger Lily, I’m looking at you – other whose darkness enveloped me completely – The Child Thief, anyone? But you know what’s even better? A story portraying a trans character written by a trans author. Add the Peter Pan… er – quasi obsession I talked about earlier, and – yeah. I have to read Peter Darling. I’m pretty sure you do too.
I’ve never been the biggest fan of short stories, but oh boy, does that collection look amazing! I think it’s the first time that every line of the blurb makes me WANT WANT WANT. See for yourselves :
Proof #1 : In “Who Will Greet You at Home”, a National Magazine Award finalist for The New Yorker, a woman desperate for a child weaves one out of hair, with unsettling results.
Proof #2 : In “The Future Looks Good,” three generations of women are haunted by the ghosts of war, while in “Light,” a father struggles to protect and empower the daughter he loves.
Proof #3 : And in the title story, in a world ravaged by flood and riven by class, experts have discovered how to “fix the equation of a person” – with rippling, unforeseen repercussions.
YES?? THANK YOU? I WANT IT NOW??! (but will have to wait for April 4th. I KNOW. TOO LONG)