Friday, 21 August 2020

Short Story Review: The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington by P Djèlí Clark

The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington by P. Djèlí Clark
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This story won the Nebula Best Short Story 2018 Prize. It tells the 9 stories behind the 9 teeth which are the subject of an entry (I suppose real entry) in a plantation account book. Each is a fantastical tale of their owner's life. Each is embued with magic, sorcery, and two words I had to look up 'thaumturgical' (Having, brought about by, or relating to supernatural powers or magic) and 'obeah' (a kind of sorcery practised especially in the Caribbean). Each tooth has a mysterious effect on its purchaser, one George Washington.
First thing I have read by this author, and am now on the hunt for more.


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