The Salt Roads

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After I heard Nalo Hopkinson's incredible interview on Geek's Guide to the Galaxy, where she spoke passionately and eloquently about Racefail, Junot Diaz, voodoo, and more, I knew I had to get familiar with her work. I read Sister Mine and was impressed, but nothing could prepare me for The Salt Roads. It's one of those books where you struggle to find points of comparison - the plugs on the back make reference to Toni Morrison and Edwidge Danticat, and while she stands toe to toe for prose, her imagination is in a whole different solar system. This is the kind of book that brings to mind Ursula K. Le Guin's excellent introduction to The Left Hand of Darkness, where she says that what sets science fiction apart from "older forms of fiction seems to be its use of new metaphors." That says it all. Even though much of The Salt Roads is set in the past, the way Hopkinson tells her story is breathtakingly new.