The Friday 56 – Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon

The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted over at Freda’s Voice. The rules are simple and go something like this.

Friday 561.  Grab a book, any book.
2.  Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader (If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
3.  Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it)
4.  Post it.
5.  Add the post URL, not your blog URL, to the Linky.
6. Tweet it #Friday56 (not an official Freda’s Voice rule)

Happy Fourth of July to those who celebrate in the U.S. This week’s Friday 56 is by an author who, if they wrote the phone book, I’d read it. It’s Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon and is faer* third book which was released May 4th. I was supposed to read it for Pride Month, but life. 

Summary: Sorrowland is a genre-bending novel that follows Vern, a young mother through a nightmarish yet recognizable landscape as she attempts to create a new life for herself and her children. But there is something wrong with her body. It’s changing. To understand her body’s metamorphosis, Vern must investigate the secluded religious compound from which she fled and the violent history of dehumanization, medical experimentation and genocide that produced it. In the course of reclaiming her own darkness, Vern learns that monsters aren’t just individuals, but entire histories, systems and nations.

sorrowlandI don’t even exist. Where would I go? How would I survive? Where would I get food?

You’d figure it out. Like I did. I’m a mam now, too, did you forget? You best believe I’d never let mine anywhere near the likes of Sherman,” Vern snapped, not that she was good mam herself. She’d forgotten her babes until this very moment when she’d needed to ma a rhetorical point against her mother. Last night they’d slipped from her mind – more accurately and less flatteringly, she pushed them from it. Enticed by bright lights, she’d abandoned them in the woods. She’d given in to the exhaustion of caring for them.

I got to go,” said Vern.

“Please. Don’t. I didn’t mean to start a fight. That’s why I called you back, because I wan to talk to you. I love you, Vern, so much, no matter what you might think,” Ruthanne said.

Sorrowland, pg. 56

Have you read it? If so, what did you think?

*faer – Rivers Solomon’s pronouns are: “fae/faer/faer/faers/faerself” 

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