Falling in Love with Hominids

Nalo Hopkinson

Nalo Hopkinson receives a Career Achievement Award from RT Reviews

A long-awaited new collection from Nalo Hopkinson (Brown Girl in the Ring) who has been dubbed “one of our most important writers,” (Junot Diaz), with “an imagination that most of us would kill for” (Los Angeles Times), whose work is “stunning,” (New York Times) and “simply triumphant” (Dorothy Allison).


Falling in Love with Hominids

by Nalo Hopkinson

ISBN: 9781616961985

Published: August 2015

Available Format(s): Trade Paperback and ebooks


Nalo Hopkinson (Brown Girl in the Ring, Skin Folk) has been widely hailed as a highly significant voice in Caribbean and American fiction. She has been dubbed “one of our most important writers,” (Junot Diaz), with “an imagination that most of us would kill for” (Los Angeles Times), and her work has been called “stunning,” (New York Times) “rich in voice, humor, and dazzling imagery” (Kirkus), and “simply triumphant” (Dorothy Allison).

Falling in Love with Hominids presents more than a dozen years of Hopkinson’s new, uncollected fiction, much of which has been unavailable in print, including one original story. Her singular, vivid tales, which mix the modern with Afro-Caribbean folklore, are occupied by creatures unpredictable and strange: chickens that breathe fire, adults who eat children, and spirits that haunt shopping malls.

Praise for Falling in Love With Hominids

      • Los Angeles Public Library: Best of 2015 Fiction
      • The Conversationalist: Best Books of 2015
      • Open Letters Monthly, Top 2015 Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books Read, Steve Donoghue, editor
      • A Locus 2015 Recommended Reading List: Best Collection
      • A Bustle Recommendation “20 Books Every Star Wars Fan Will Love”
      • Featured in Strange Horizons – the Nalo Hopkinson featured issue
      • A Bustle Short Story Collection You Should Binge Read This Weekend
      • A Rock Your Reality Dope Female Authors to Get Into This Women’s History Month


“Hopkinson’s stories dazzle”

“The stories all share a common thread of magic, which is often woven, whether subtly or blatantly, into the fabric of everyday reality, allowing characters to react to the strange or the impossible as it crosses into their world. Hopkinson also draws frequently on her Caribbean upbringing and heritage, and her characters’ voices are distinct and authentic, both in their speech patterns and in their ways of looking at their surroundings. Hopkinson’s fans will be delighted by these examples of her wide-ranging imagination.”
Publishers Weekly

“The power of Hopkinson’s stories lies in their capacity to help us reimagine our own movement through the world and to wonderfully innovate new trajectories for speculative fiction as a whole.”
Los Angeles Review of Books

A Barnes and Noble Bookseller’s Pick for August 2015
“The award-winning author of Midnight Robber and Brown Girl in the Ring returns with a collection of fantastical short fiction, assembling a decade’s worth of stories of magic and the supernatural intersecting with everyday life.”
Barnes and Noble

“There is something for everyone in this collection. Hopkinson manages to make a reader’s skin crawl in one story and smile in the next. It’s a mixture that keeps you reading just to see what she will come up with next. A great collection from a highly imaginative and insightful mind, Falling in Love with Hominids is a must read for fantasy and short story fans”
Portland Book Review

 “Hopkinson’s stories stack up well against their source of inspiration, but her voice is clearly her own, charged with deep feeling and vast imagination.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“Daring, creative, and fantastically unique.”
Read Diverse Books

“Every reader will surely find something to love, as this collection is often hilariously funny, deeply tragic, intensely engaging, and strongly steeped with fantastic elements.”
Civilian Reader

“In this collection of luminous stories, Nalo Hopkinson writes with an observant intensity. . . .”
World Literature Today

Falling in Love with Hominids overflows with originality, beauty, and Hopkinson’s trademark depiction of human decency. . . .”
—Women’s Review of Books

“Hopkinson does some beautiful things with the art of writing, her imagination is without bounds, and she challenges both readers and writers to go beyond what we see as the status quo. The book is filled with characters of colour, with LGBT characters, with characters who, one way or the other, are memorable and real and get to take part in some amazing stories.”

A Book Riot Best Book We Read in July
“Every story feels like a perfectly formed separate entity, but pulling them together is the effortless blending of the fantastic and the mundane.”
Book Riot

Falling in Love with Hominids is a wonderful treat for Nalo Hopkinson fans and a fantastic introduction for new readers.”
New York Journal of Books

Falling in Love With Hominids is yet another extraordinary collection of short stories that is well worth your time and rapt attention. The writing is beautiful, the message important, and its delivery is page-turning.”
The Warbler

Falling in Love with Hominids is truly a magical collection of short stories which brings the reader completely different and new worlds to explore.”
A Universe in Words

“Falling in Love with Hominids is an entertaining and humane book that affirms why Junot Díaz refers to Hopkinson as “one of our most important writers.”
Room Magazine

“I can’t wait to read more of [Hopkinson’s] work in the future because I loved the speculative worlds in this short story collection.”
Paper Wanderer

“Nalo Hopkinson paints the places she knows in the way that Márquez embodies the soul of Central America, or the way Bradbury captures Illinois summers.”
Fiction Foresight

“[U]nique and wonderful and disturbing. . . . Falling in Love with Hominids is at its heart a story of hope.”
Books Without Any Pictures

“…a pleasure from beginning to end.”
Worlds Without End

“This is an outstanding collection that really gives insight into [Hopkinson’s] storytelling, the breadth and insight with which she writes.”
The Conversationalist

“…this is a fantastic collection that I encourage lovers of fantasy and science fiction to pick up.”
The Illustrated Page

“After I finished this book, I just wanted to hug it to my chest and sigh contentedly…. If you have any interest at all in fantastical or magical realist short stories, if you like sharp humor or flawed and compelling characters, definitely pick this one up. It’s one of my favourite reads this year.”
Paper Blog

Falling in Love with Hominids reveals a writer at the height of her powers.”
The Canadian Science Fiction Review

“a re-invigoration at the sense of wonder about human experience.”
Speculating Canada

“All the stories display the various and eclectic writing skill Hopkinson contains in such ample amounts. The writing, too, is terrific.”
Paper Wars

“[T]he entire book is wonderful. Definitely give it a shot. A+”
Book Blather

“I think that many readers have been waiting for affirmative perspectives like these, perspectives that show, over and over again, that diversity is beautiful.”
Strange Horizons

“There are such an excellent variety of stories . . . If you’re a sci-fi/fantasy fan there will almost definitely be something in this collection that catches your fancy.”

“This brilliant short story collection has several stories with black women and girls as leads. These girls and women defend their village from invading European conquerors, have divine powers of creation, and overall epitomize Black Girl Magic, sometimes literally!”
Read Diverse Books

“Hopkinson’s writing is enchanting . . . Falling in Love with Hominids is not only a collection of beautifully written speculative prose, it takes the what-if-ness of the genre and expands it.”
The Norwich Radical

About the Author

World Fantasy Award-winning author Nalo Hopkinson was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and also spent her childhood in Trinidad and Guyana before her family moved to Toronto when she was sixteen. Her groundbreaking science fiction and fantasy features diverse characters and the mixing of folklore into her works. Hopkinson won the Warner Aspect First Novel contest for Brown Girl in the Ring, as well as the John W. Campbell and Locus Awards. Her novel  Midnight Robber was a New York Times Notable Book and she has also received the Spectrum, Sunburst, Campbell, and Prix Aurora awards.

Though she has published multiple works, Hopkinson has faced many obstacles, including suffering from anemia and fibromyalgia. She spent years too sick to read or write, and was sometimes homeless. Her view on these dark periods can be both realistic and humorous: “But every so often I’ll go through an old notebook or find a file I don’t recognize and open it up, and there’s a page or two of writing that I did during that time that I don not remember. At some level I was still writing. The cool part about it is, the writing is pretty good!” (Locus, September 2013)

Hopkinson currently teaches in the Creative Writing department at the University of California, Riverside.

Praise for Nalo Hopkinson

“One of our most important writers.”
—Junot Diaz, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

“A major talent.”
—Karen Joy Fowler, author of Sister Moon and We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

“Perhaps Nalo Hopkinson is Octavia Butler’s long lost twin, because she writes fiction just as wildly imaginative and, frankly, genius as Butler, but, happily, with more sex.”
Book Riot, 5 Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors to Read After Octavia Butler

“One of science-fiction’s most inventive and brilliant writers. . . .”
New York Post

“Nalo Hopkinson is tough on her protagonists, but she brings them through their trials in a wonderfully evocative, energetic, explosive language that is wholly new to speculative fiction, and that marks her as an exciting new voice in our literature.”
Edmonton Journal

“. . . like Samuel R. Delaney and Octavia E. Butler, [Hopkinson] forces us to consider how inequities of race, gender, class and power might be played out in a dystopian future.”
The News Magazine of Black America

“Caribbean science fiction? Nalo Hopkinson is staking her claim as one of its most notable authors. . . .”
Caribbean Travel and Life

“Hopkinson is rightly lauded for having one of the more original new voices in SF, and the brilliance in her fiction shines equally from her evocative voice and the deep empathy she displays for her characters. Adding to the fun is the fact that Hopkinson’s prose is a distinct pleasure to read: richly sensual, with high-voltage erotic content and gorgeous details.”

For Brown Girl in the Ring

“Nalo Hopkinson’s first novel, Brown Girl in the Ring, is simply triumphant.”
—Dorothy Allison, author of Bastard Out of Carolina

“I’ve been telling people about Nalo Hopkinson’s book . . . it is great.
—Octavia E. Butler, author of Parable of the Sower

“Brown Girl in the Ring is a wild story, colorful and enthralling . . . you’ll be sorry to go home again when you put it down.”
—Tim Powers, author of The Stress of Her Regard and Declare

“An impressive debut precisely because of Hopkinson’s fresh viewpoint.”
Washington Post Book World

“A parable of black feminist self-reliance, couched inpoetic language and the structural conventions of classic SF.”
Village Voice

For the New York Times Notable Book Midnight Robber

“. . . Hopkinson creates another captivating story set in a richly imagined world . . . rich with elements of fantasy, science fiction, and magic realism.”

“Like its predecessor, this novel bears evidence that Hopkinson owns one of the more important and original voices in SF.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Hopkinson’s second novel, Midnight Robber, succeeds on an even grander scale. . . .”
New York Times

For Skin Folk

“This 15-story collection is a marvelous display of Nalo Hopkinson’s talents, skills and insights into the human conditions of life, especially of the fantastic realities of the Caribbean. . . .” Everything is possible in her imagination.”
Science Fiction Chronicle

“Nalo Hopkinson, award-winning author of Brown Girl in the Ring and Midnight Robber, has released an impressive collection of short stories entitled Skin Folk . . . well crafted and brilliantly written.”
Barnes & Noble

For The Salt Roads

The Salt Roads is like nothing you’ve read before. . . . Hopkinson’s writing is like a favorite song.”
—Tananarive Due, American Book Award-winning author of The Living Blood

“With her conjurer’s art, with daring and delightful audacity, Nalo Hopkinson reaches into the well of history.”
—Sandra Jackson-Opoku, author of, The River Where Blood is Born

For The New Moon’s Arms

“A winningly told tale filled with regional color.”
Kirkus, starred review

“Hopkinson’s writing is lush and note-perfect.”
Toronto Star

“[The New Moon’s Arms] is both moving and quiet; it has no end-of-the-world threat, no big pyrotechnics—but the wonder, if quiet, is strong. I highly recommend it.”
The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction

For Sister Mine

“She’s a powerful writer with an imagination that most of us would kill for. I have read everything she has written and am in awe of her many gifts.”
—Junot Diaz, Los Angeles Times

“Her books always feel like glimpses into worlds that are fully detailed and stand on their own . . . . Another great novel from one of the best fantasy authors working today.”

“The author of sci-fi classics The Salt Roads [and Brown Girl in the Ring] . . . conjures up another hit with Sister Mine.”
Essence Magazine

“The variety also makes for a novel that’s engaging and difficult to put down, and the world of Sister Mine feels rich and full. . . .”
Los Angeles Review of Books


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Table of Contents

The Smile on the Face
The Easthound
Message in a Bottle
Left Foot, Right
Old Habits
Emily Breakfast
Men Sell Not Such In Any Town
A Young Candy Daughter
A Raggy Dog, A Shaggy Dog
Delicious Monster
Soul Case
Snow Day
Flying Lessons (original to this collection)
Ours is the Prettiest