A Phoenix First Must Burn: Sixteen Stories of Black Girl Magic, Resistance, and Hope (MP3 CD)
In the spirit of Octavia Butler, the authors in this collection transport you to worlds strange and wondrous yet eerily familiar. All of the stories center on women and gender-nonconforming people of color, bending fantasy to tell truths that recall Beyonce's "Lemonade." I zipped through this collection in record time and discovered some new-to-me authors I can't wait to see more from. A+.— Shannon Jones
Evoking Beyonc 's Lemonade for a teen audience, these authors who are truly Octavia Butler's heirs have woven worlds to create a stunning narrative that puts Black women and gender-nonconforming individuals at its center. A Phoenix First Must Burn will take you on a journey from folktales retold to futuristic societies and everything in between. Filled with stories of love and betrayal, strength and resistance, this collection contains an array of complex and true-to-life characters through which you cannot help but see yourself reflected. Witches and scientists, sisters and lovers, priestesses and rebels--the heroines of this anthology shine brightly. You will never forget them.