Michele Tracy Berger joins Sounds Like Halloween with a reading from her horror novel, Reenu-You.
Reenu-You, a sci-fi thriller novella from newcomer Michele Tracy Berger, opens on a summer morning in 1990s New York City. Five women of color wake up with disfiguring purple lesions all over their bodies. Though doctors dismiss it as skin rash, caused perhaps by a new hair product known as Reenu-You, hysteria grows as this unknown disease spreads throughout the city.
At the center of a looming epidemic, these women begin to develop strange powers while medical providers face charges of conspiracy, cover-up and coercion from minority communities as this new malady begins to kill.
Inspired by a true story of company negligence and reminiscent of the early AIDS crisis, Reenu-You tackles important ideas about hair, identity, and women. Berger also explores friendship and the hidden strength of unlikely heroines forced to confront their deepest fears to save themselves—and their city.
About Michele Tracy Berger:
Michele Tracy Berger is a professor, a creative writer, and a pug-lover. Her writing has appeared in many places including short story collections, literary journals, and publications like Thing Magazine. She was previously a monthly columnist at The Chapel Hill News and writes an award-winning blog called The Practice of Creativity. Michele is also working on a short story collection. Twitter: @MicheleTBerger.
About the publisher: Book Smugglers Publishing is the publishing arm of The Book Smugglers, a Hugo-nominated book blog started in 2008. Their mission is to publish authors and stories to reflect the diverse and complex world.