Recap: Retelling-a-thon

ReTellAThon 2019

One week, 6 books, 5 classics reimagined.

In Will Williams Namwalli Serpell puts an urban contemporary twist on the Poe classic about a man tormented by his doppelganger.

Man Booker International Prize Frankenstein in Baghdad. Shell-shocked, aggrieved and weary Hadi collects the body parts of the dead and assembles them into one body. His intention is that the corpse now whole can be seen as human; the dead respectfully honored and buried rather than cast aside as waste.

A Dream So Dark is L.L. McKinney’s debut foray into Wonderland. In this version Alice is a kick-a$$ sword -wielding heroine that slays monster by night and a teenaged girl navigating a world besieged by violence during the day.

Windward Heights by Maryse Conde refashions Bronte’s story into one that not only deals with the cost of revenge but the generational curse of slavery and racism.

Man Booker Longlist 2019 Frankissstein by Jeanette Winterson Told from the perspective of the past and the possible near future this novel examines such thought provoking topics as transhumanism, gender and identity politics.

Set in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn, Ibi Zoboi’s Pride examines gentrification, class and community.

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