You have stories that need many words and you have stories that can be compact. Usually it takes good writers to make a compact story. Assembly (2021) is such a story. A remarkable debut novel by the hand of Natasha Brown. One hundred pages, that’s the size of her novel. Within those pages she packs all themes that currently matter when it comes to being black and being female, trying to fit in.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading every sentence of this book. It is so well written that I needed to slow down my usual reading pace to take it all in. In fact, I even read the last twenty pages out loud to myself, just to make sure I wouldn’t skip a word. Brown writes like a poet, and then to think she studied Maths at Cambridge University.

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