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Stateside Podcast: Writer adrienne maree brown on grief and transformation

AK Press
"Grievers" is the first book in speculative fiction trilogy by writer adrienne maree brown. It's set in a Detroit that is being swept by a mysterious illness that leaves people frozen with grief.

A strange sickness is sweeping through Detroit, leaving unbearable grief and overwhelmed city hospitals and morgues in its wake. That’s the eerily familiar world into which writer adrienne maree brown’s debut novella drops us.

“That initial spark of the idea was like, every time I lose someone, I'm struck by how quickly I'm expected to be functional again," said brown. "And it piles up in me—this need to take time and go grieve, but not having that time.”

Grievers is the first story in a trilogy published by Black Dawn, a speculative fiction imprint from AK Press.

The seed of the story took root a long time before any of us had ever heard of COVID-19, and yet the book is a work of speculative fiction that feels anything but. It’s an auspicious and affecting story, for everyone who’s lost something, but especially for Black Detroiters.

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April Van Buren
April Van Buren is a producer for Stateside. She produces interviews for air as well as web and social media content for the show.