This fascinating debut by Karen Lord-a retelling of a Senegalese folktale-earned starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist and won the Frank Collymore Award. When Paama finally leaves her gluttonous husband, she attracts the attention of the undying spirit Patience, who gives her Chance's Chaos Stick as a gift. But Chance insists that only he should wield the stick's powers. "This is one of those literary works of which it can be said that not a word should be changed."-Booklist, starred reviewLearn More
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A 2011 World Fantasy Award Nominee for Best Novel
Winner of the 2011 Mythopoeic Award
Mythopoeic oral storytelling in the format it deserves
- Published by Small Beer Press in July 2010 and on several year's best fantasy lists, Karen Lord's Redemption in Indigo found a fantastic casting in narrator Robin Miles. Miles has scores of titles to her credit, but this was my first, though her 2010 narration of Ekaterina Sedia's The House of Discarded Dreams is waiting for me on my wish list for one of these days. Redemption in Indigo is a short listen at a shade under six and a half hours, and it's well worth discovering. The overall arc of the story comes under the frame of a storyteller relating the events, complete with asides (such as "we'll learn more about this later") and informalities (such as "let us skip forward through time a bit so as to miss the boring parts") and footnotes and digressions. The story comes across in a playful, light way, the way of an elder telling a favorite story around a village campfire. This is a wonderful change of pace not just from the battlefields and seriousness of much of the rest of fantasy these days, but also in its leisurely pace, delighting on simple surroundings imbued with the mythological references which have been passed down through the generations. As a work of oral storytelling goes, this one's a keeper, and I'm glad I was able to enjoy it in this format.
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