Genre: Short Stories, LGBT
Published on: May 8th 2018 by Grove/Atlantic
**I received an e-copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**
Night Beast is a compilation of eleven short stories with a diverse genre that ranges from scifi, and fantasy, to romance and slice of life. Focusing on the lives of queer women and mothers, this book will take you to dark alleys and hidden alcoves of a woman’s thoughts.
The title, “Night Beast” is something that easily caught my attention, making me curious about the type of beasts kept in this book’s pages. There are many out there, but which ones? And so the journey to discovery began.
I can’t say disappointing, nor can I say boring to this book. Partly, a couple of stories captured my attention as well as my emotions. It touched my emphatic-less soul! One of my favourites was the story entitled “Go West and Grow Up“. It tells about the life of a girl at a young age and her mother, doing what needs to be done just to survive. The mother did what she could to protect her daughter from the harsh world to the point of putting herself in vulnerability. But it was not enough. It was only a matter of time for the girl’s innocence to be forcefully stripped away from her. This story was a tough one that it stuck to my memory for quite a while now. What was very clear here, was the love of the mother to her child. It was whole.
The rest of the stories went on in a blur. It’s not that the stories aren’t interesting. It’s just that it didn’t suck me in enough to be deeply immersed in it. Each story was unique and new and it will take some thinking to understand them.
Night Beast is a book that encompasses the norms of this world. With women as the main characters, this book will be enjoyable for the ladies out there to whom some may find the stories relatable.