Hard Mother, Spider Mother, Soft Mother (Futures, #4)
Author: Hal Y. Zhang
Format: Saddle-Stitched Chapbook
Publisher: Radix Media
Release Date: July 31, 2019
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After several days of spouting increasingly strange conspiracy theories, Valerie Lang abruptly leaves her home. Her daughter Ellery stays behind, bewildered and alone in their spartan living room. In a near-future world where citizens are always watched and where "personalization" is part of every day life, Valerie has managed to stay in an era long gone. This makes her a mystery to Ellery and the authorities, and all the more difficult to track down.
The taxing search makes Ellery realize how little she actually knows about her mother. It also stirs painful childhood memories that she can now choose to erase. Hard Mother, Spider Mother, Soft Mother is a story about the imprecise nature of memories and how they affect our relationships.
“In this unexpected sci-fi tale, set in a not-too-futuristic surveillance state, Hal Y. Zhang renders Chinese mother-daughter relationships with tenderness and empathy. Come for the brain-eating fungal infections, stay for the insights on generational losses and memory.” —Ling Ma, author of Severance