Title: Mosaics (Volume 1)
Authors: Kim Wells, P.K. Tyler, Keyan Bowes, Chelo Diaz Ludden, Jordanne Fuller, Keira Michelle Telford, L.S. Johnson, Julie Rea, and others
Published: March 8, 2016
Mosaics: A Collection of Independent Women will inspire and shock you with its multi-faceted look at the history and culture surrounding femininity. If gender is a construct, this anthology is the house it built. Look through its many rooms, some bright and airy, some terrifying– with monsters lurking in the shadows.
Mosaics Volume One features twenty self-identified female authors writing about Intersectionality, including women of color, disabled, trans, and GLB/GSD* (Gender and Sexual Diversities). We have curated amazing short fiction, flash fiction, poetry, essays, and art. It’s personal, political, and a great read.
This collection includes Hugo Award Nominees, Tiptree Shortlists, Pushcart Prize Winners, USA Today Bestsellers, indie superstars and traditionally published talents alike. The anthology combines leading and new voices all proclaiming their identity as Women, and their ability to Roar.
Profits donated to the Pixel Project to end Violence Against Women.
Note: I received a review copy of this book from the publisher. Receipt of a review copy does not guarantee a review, or have any bearing on the review if one is posted. I only review books that are recommended, and that are within the scope of the blog.
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If this book looks familiar, it’s because I did an interview with its creators yesterday. Today is International Women’s Day, and the not-coincidental launch date for the anthology. Good timing for a review, right? I love it when the stars align. Speaking of stars, it’s even better is that this is a 5-star book. That’s a rating I rarely give out, so you know it has to be good.
Characterization and badassery
There’s no doubt that the women in these stories are strong enough to overcome. Strong enough to win. Even if winning just means survival, standing up for oneself, or following a dream.
This anthology features a wide variety of writing styles, genres, and subject matter. The underlying theme, of course, is stories about women, written by women. Which of course opens up the entire realm of human experience.
Plot and pacing
The layout of the stories is good. I wasn’t sure how it would work to put together such a big variety. It moves from a twist on a creation story, to essays, to fantasy, to a fairy tale turned into Victorian lesbian eroticism. Yep, that was a new one to me, too. But all put together under this title, it all somehow makes sense and flows just right.
Prose and editing
I read an early ARC, when corrections were still being made. Even so, I only noted a couple proofreading corrections, so I’m guessing the final product will be tip-top.
The prose comes in a variety of styles, from florally descriptive to brutally hard. Again, it all belongs.
If you’re worried about this being some chest-beating political statement, then forget about it. These stories could be packaged an entirely different way, with a different theme, and they’d just be good stories that I’d still want to read. In the end, you can have a great theme and an awesome cause, but if the stories don’t stand up on their own, none of it was worthwhile. All I want is to read good stories and watch good movies where the female characters are given as much autonomy and power as the male ones. And that’s what we have here.