Monday, June 09, 2014

2014 book 128

Monica Byrne's The Girl in the Road
Boy, I just could not connect with this. And I'm not sure why, as it's pretty interesting! It centers on a young woman and a girl converging on Ethiopia in what seems to be the semi-near future. The girl is traveling across Africa with a convoy of trucks and a mysterious woman (I liked this storyline a lot), while the (clearly mentally ill) young woman is walking across some sort of energy-generating water bridge from India  (I didn't understand the futuristic science here and found this storyline a lot less compelling). Things get better once the two stories come together, but that's like 2/3rd of the way in, and  then it all gets super depressing. Bonus for diversity--everyone is Indian/African and there are lesbians and transsexuals. Also bonus for the way both halves of the story used mythology. B?

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