Where We Go When All We Were Is Gone
This manages to both be a terse collection, building out 12 fully-realized stories in just four hours of listening, and an incredibly rich literary dreamscape, where the realms of the stories overlap and the creatures of Japanese mythology become real. Crawling with kaiju and yōkai, “Where We Go When All We Were is Gone” considers the relationship of humans to the supernatural, with quiet yet forceful elegies to the nuclear family. I have literally had dreams of the titular story, which takes place in a post-war futuristic landscape, through which our pied piper narrator leads hundreds of people in frenetic weeks of rebellious, orgiastic dancing—reminiscent of the Dancing Plague of 1518—giving dancers the choice to leave their families and be reborn. This book is an open wound and will make you ache alongside it. Recommended by Wulfe.
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"A combination of the mystical, magical, and marvelous, Sequoia Nagamatsu weaves a collection of bold, hysterical, and moving tales into an unforgettable debut. From shape-shifters, to star-makers, to babies made of snow, the characters in WHERE WE GO WHEN ALL WE WERE IS GONE form a community of longing, of the surreal, of wonder.