Julianna Baggott’s debut short-story collection is an absolute gem! Each story in this mind-bending collection is a journey into the extraordinary, filled with deeply human characters that will tug at your heartstrings. The sheer diversity of genres on display here is a testament to Baggott’s storytelling prowess.
The title story, set in a futuristic world with dating scores, is a captivating exploration of love against all odds. “Backwards” puts a unique twist on the Benjamin Button concept, weaving a touching narrative of family reconnection. “Welcome to Oxhead” is a thought-provoking commentary on our dependence on technology, while “Portals” immerses us in a town grappling with the unexpected.
“The Now of Now” and “How They Got In” showcase Baggott’s ability to blend the supernatural with genuine emotion, creating stories that stay with you long after reading. And “The Versions” is a testament to her creativity, crafting a love story where it shouldn’t exist. This collection promises an enchanting ride through the weird and wonderful, making it a must-read for anyone seeking unique and deeply moving storytelling.