Author Sabrina Blaum recommends Rust in the Root by Justina Ireland
Welcome to Authors Getting Rec’d! Each week, we’ll bring you a new sapphic book recommendation from a favorite sapphic author. Find out what authors are reading and why, plus read about the personal connections between authors and books.
This week, Sabrina Blaum, whose favorite author is Justina Ireland (and she often rereads her books), explains why Rust in the Root is a must read.
Sabrina fell in love with this book from the cover and was utterly hooked by the time she read the blurb. She loves the mixture of real history with a fantasy element/alternative history. Then the MC in the book is a Black lesbian, which is still not that common, especially outside of romance. Not just that, but all relevant and important characters are Black (most of them are Black women).
Let’s hear more from Sabrina about why Rust in the Root is a must read:
The combination of magic and science in this book is something I’ve never seen. It plays in the late 1930s, and you get the same history we have, but in a different way. The heart and animus behind the events are the same, but they play out differently, and you know while reading this new take on history that if this all were real, that’s how it would have played out. So while the history presented didn’t happen, it’s eerily familiar in a lot of ways. The MC is awesome, and overall the supporting characters are interesting and have depth. You can’t help but care for them.
It’s a creative, gripping tale that made me want to just keep reading. I also love that it isn’t just a book where it’s said, oh, the MC is a lesbian, and then this never comes up again and she is just this character that has not a single attraction throughout the book. Again, I was blown away by the creativity of this tale, and the fascinating characters that take you on this journey.