Book review: Hoag’s Object

When I was a little boy running errands with my mom, she used to keep me interested with treats from her purse: a stick of Wrigley’s Doublemint (or if I was lucky, Juicyfruit), a Brach’s Starlight Mint, or maybe even a butterscotch candy. In much the same way, the tasty treats packed in Michael C. Keith’s anthology, Hoag’s Object, will hit the spot: sweet.

Keith shows great attention to detail in the first tale, “Magic Skin,” as he transports the reader with the flight of Huru, an albino Tanzanian who is being hunted for the so-called magical properties of his much-lighter skin. Although I admit I’m no expert, he crafts a very believable portrait of a Tanzanian running for his life, complete with a breathing culture as a backdrop. With a few strokes of a brush, an artist does what Keith does with a few well placed words: “At sixteen, Huru had left Mama Lweza’s care to work alongside her brother Abasi in Kisessa, gathering sisal for rug makers.” Keith provides the bricks. Our imagination provides the mortar.

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