Friday, January 18, 2019

The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington, by P. Djèlí Clark

★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Historical Fantasy) In which we learn about the donors of each of the nine teeth and what effects they had on Washington. (3,648 words; Time: 12m)

Recommended By: 📙JStrahan+2 (Q&A)

"," by (edited by Julia Rios), appeared in issue 02/18/18, published on .

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Review: 2018.707 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The individual stories are interesting in their own rights, particularly the more magical ones. I especially liked the slave “Solomon,” who came here from an alternate reality, and I laughed out loud that the runaway slave’s tooth was notable because it kept falling out.

Best of all, the last tooth belonged to an ordinary slave woman, Emma, who had no magic but for a powerful dream of freedom. So powerful that when Washington wore the denture with her tooth in it, he provided for all his slaves to be freed on his wife’s death.

Con: It’s not a story in the conventional sense; there is no protagonist trying to accomplish a goal.

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