Thursday, November 5, 2020

Graceful Burdens by Roxane Gay

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This intriguing short story leaves you both satisfied and wanting more. It would make a killer novel, but works beautifully as is, too.

In Graceful Burdens, Roxane Gay imagines a world where only licensed people are legally allowed to have children, with the "fit" being determined by genetic profiling.

In this world, unlicensed women can check out babies from the library like a book to be loved and shared by all, but truly belonging to nobody. In a short space, Gay manages to give us a glimpse of what life would be like for women in such a world, as well as creating and answering a compelling mystery as to just how some babies end up in the library at all. 
A taste of the tale:
"They came to the library daring to hope that borrowing a baby would ease the ache of being unlicensed, and they left knowing there was no room for hope in this world."
Great read, highly recommended. If you're an Amazon Prime member, you can read or listen free, otherwise it's just $1.99 to own.

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