Wednesday, November 17, 2021

The Perishing by Natasha Deón

Rating: 3 of 5 stars 
Pages: 304 pages
Published: November 2021

I snagged The Perishing by Natasha Deón in my monthly Book of the Month box. The book is described as speculative fiction and focuses on a young Black woman named Lou who wakes up, as a young girl, with no recollection of who she is or how she ended up in 1930s Los Angeles. The story follows her as she is put into foster care, graduates from high school and becomes the first Black female journalist at the Los Angeles Times. From there, the book takes an interesting turn as we, the readers, follow Lou's journey. Ultimately, we learn that she may be an immortal as she continues to investigate who she is and why she exists.  

I selected this book with a reading buddy. It is not something I would have read on my own, but I did enjoy reading and discussing it with someone else. Having finished the book, I am 100% sure I do not fully understand speculative fiction or what it is, but I can't say that I didn't enjoy this read. It was interesting and honed in on some important societal issues of the time. 

Recommendation: I would recommend this book when you have time to read slowly and have thoughtful reflection. 

Until next time ... Read on!

Regardless of whether I purchase a book, borrow a book, or receive a book in exchange for review, my ultimate goal is to be honest, fair, and constructive. I hope you've found this review helpful.


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