The Saltwater African by Lisa Bolekaja

I meant to write a short fiction Sunday post last night, but the wind blew our power out. I went to bed early instead. So, it’s turned into a short fiction Monday post.

Published: 2013 in Bloodchildren: Stories by the Octavia E. Butler Scholars

Genre: historical fiction, magical realism

Length: 9 pages

Setting: Georgia, during the time of slavery

Interest: It was included in the 2014 annual Campbellian Anthology

Summary: Tchula is an obeah living on a plantation in Georgia. When a new slave, fresh from Africa, is added to the plantation, Tchula realizes she’s found an equal. She’s ready to run with him, but she needs to convince her sister to run with her. Her sister is scared to run, and is convinced to run with a bit of voodoo.

Final thoughts: A bit of life on a plantation with just a touch of magic.


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