My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I find myself speechless in trying to describe how good this novella is. I’m tempted to just write READ IT NOW and leave it at that, but as a review that would hardly be convincing enough. Part historical fantasy, part horror tale, BURNING GIRLS takes Jewish folklore out of the shtetl, brings it to the New World, and applies it to one of New York City’s most notorious and lasting tragedies. To say it blew me away would be an understatement. In only a short number of pages, Schanoes creates characters that feel as real to you as your own family, and a world that lives and breathes as much as the one around you. It’s no surprise that BURNING GIRLS won the Shirley Jackson Award for best novella of the year, or that it continues to receive such well deserved accolades. This is something special. Read it now.