Welcome to The Feminist Bibliothecary’s Lite Reads, where we read a different short story every week, and discuss it here and on social media. This week’s Lite Reads selection is Murders Fell From Our Wombs by Tlotlo Tsamaase.
Murders Fell From Our Wombs by Tlotlo Tsamaase was published in April of 2018 by Apex Magazine. Set in a rural village in Botswana, the story focuses on a young woman whose periods cause her to have intensely painful and prophetic dreams, nightmares, about real women being murdered. The story heavily features violence against women, so look after yourself with care as you read it (if you’re able to right now, that is). Horror and fantasy blend in Murders Fell From Our Wombs to show us the traumas of our real-world violence.
From the author’s website: “Tlotlo Tsamaase is a Motswana writer of fiction, poetry, and articles on architecture. Her work has appeared in Terraform, An Alphabet of Embers, People of Color Take Over FSI, and at Strange Horizons. Her poem “I Will Be Your Grave” is a Rhysling Award nominee.”
You can read the complete story on the Apex Magazine website. Unfortunately, the story is not available in audio; I apologise for any troubles this causes.
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