Brenda Cooper

Reading Recommendation: America, Such as She Is, by Jay Lake

This is in a collection of four novellas collected in the book “Alembical”, edited by Lawrence M. Schoen and Arthur Dorrance.  I set out to read this because Jay talked about his process on it quite a bit – it’s a second person story, or really set of linked stories threaded together.  It’s unique, and really very lovely.  And affecting.  Once I started it, I snuck in every moment to keep reading it, and even headed to town early for work and sat in a bakery and finished it.  I guess I would call it post-apocalyptic alternate history, but even more, it’s an experiment with style that worked really well.

I have not read the other three novellas yet, but I intend to.