We Travel the Spaceways: Black Stars Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Otherworldly interference in real-world New York City? Or delusions? For the answer, follow two loving strangers in an astonishing short story of faith and hope by a World Fantasy Award winner.
Grimace is a homeless man on a holy mission to free Black Americans from emotional slavery. His empty soda cans told him as much. Then he meets Kim, a transgender runaway who joins Grimace on his heroic quest. Is Grimace receiving aluminum missives from the gods, or is he a madman? Kim will find out soon enough on a strange journey they’ve been destined to share.
Victor LaValle’s We Travel the Spaceways is part of Black Stars, a multi-dimensional collection of speculative fiction from Black authors. Each story is a world much like our own. Read or listen to them in a single sitting.
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|Listening Length||1 hour and 1 minute|
|Narrator||Brian Tyree Henry|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||August 31, 2021|
|Publisher||Amazon Original Stories|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #111,075 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#261 in Black & African American Fantasy Fiction (Books)
#1,015 in Contemporary Fantasy
#1,357 in African American Literature
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What really struck me was in the way the story flips from the heart shattering reality of poverty and mental illness to a grand scale Cosmic space operatic vision. Read it, listen to it, cry to it. It's raw and for such a short read, provided much payoff.
The story is based on the character Grimace who operates as a Signalman - at least, he thinks he does. To our eyes, he’s one of the millions of New Yorkers who is homeless and part of the unseen of the city and what makes the novella even more gripping is that LaValle makes the novella current - and ties it one of the darker episodes that undermine America today.
Def a novella to check out from a needed voice in the genre.