“The City We Became” by N.K. Jemisin

image of The City We Became by NK Jemisin with a large grey boulder in the background.
The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin

About the book, from Hachette Book Group:

“Three-time Hugo Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author N.K. Jemisin crafts her most incredible novel yet, a “glorious” story of culture, identity, magic, and myths in contemporary New York City.

In Manhattan, a young grad student gets off the train and realizes he doesn’t remember who he is, where he’s from, or even his own name. But he can sense the beating heart of the city, see its history, and feel its power.

In the Bronx, a Lenape gallery director discovers strange graffiti scattered throughout the city, so beautiful and powerful it’s as if the paint is literally calling to her.

In Brooklyn, a politician and mother finds she can hear the songs of her city, pulsing to the beat of her Louboutin heels.

And they’re not the only ones.

Every great city has a soul. Some are ancient as myths, and others are as new and destructive as children. New York? She’s got six.”

About the Author, N.K. Jemisin:

“N(ora). K. Jemisin is a New York Times-bestselling author of speculative fiction short stories and novels, who lives and writes in Brooklyn, NY. In 2018, she became the first author to win three Best Novel Hugos in a row. She has also won a Nebula Award, two Locus Awards, and is a recipient of the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship.

Her short fiction has been published in pro markets such as Clarkesworld, Tor.com, WIRED, and Popular Science; semipro markets such as Ideomancer and Abyss & Apex; and podcast markets and print anthologies. Her novels, a novella, and two short story collections are out now from Orbit Books.

She is an emeritus member of the Altered Fluid writing group. In addition to writing, she has been a counseling psychologist and educator, a hiker and biker, and a political/feminist/anti-racist blogger. Although she no longer pens the New York Times Book Review science fiction and fantasy column called “Otherworldly” (which she covered for 3 years), her reviews can still be found online.”

Why I selected The City We Became for this Giveaway:

  • You all wanted this one! The results of our Instagram vote were clear, and this was the clear winner 🙂
  • Cities have souls, and this book takes that idea to a whole new level.
  • It’s quirky in the best way possible: you can feel and hear the city – it’s got attitude!
  • If you love New York, this book literally personifies New York and its boroughs.
  • This book will make you think about all the things that make every city beautifully unique: be kind to your city, friends ❤
  • This book made me wonder what kind of person Tucson would be…

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