The brief novel’s propulsion and effect result from its author’s key understanding of just how far to push her technique to achieve maximum effect.
Stories require attention and concentration and often yield their meanings only over time, or in retrospect. But the best stories reward vigilance and repeated reading.
Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah’s story is a satire about the cascading violence that results from institutional racism.
Short stories offer a different kind of pleasure from other forms of literature, a pleasure not curtailed by a story’s relatively small size.