"This is storytelling at the top of the heap."
--Jane Yolen, winner of the World Fantasy Award for lifetime achievement
"Powerful and dreamlike, this intergenerational meditation on family, mortality, and hope is far more than the sum of its parts."
--Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Achingly familiar and wonderfully strange."
--Samuel R. Delany, Hugo and Nebula Award winner
"Plunge into The History of Soul 2065, there's nothing like it."
--Jeffrey Ford, World Fantasy Award winner
Months before World War I breaks out, two young Jewish girls just on the edge of adolescence--one from a bustling Russian city, the other from a German estate--meet in an eerie, magical forest glade. They are immediately drawn to one another and swear an oath to meet again. Though war and an ocean will separate the two for the rest of their lives, the promise that they made to each other continues through the intertwined lives of their descendants.
This epic tale of the supernatural follows their families from the turn of the 20th Century through the terrors of the Holocaust and ultimately to the wonders of a future they never could have imagined. The History of Soul 2065 encompasses accounts of sorcery, ghosts, time travel, virtual reality, alien contact, and elemental confrontations between good and evil. Understated and epic, cathartic and bittersweet, the twenty connected stories in Nebula Award finalist Barbara Krasnoff's debut form a mosaic narrative even greater than its finely crafted parts.
Jane Yolen, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Grand Master, says in her introduction: "If you, like me, love quirky and original fantasy stories, I advise you to dive right in. If you, like me, admire tough writing that's not afraid of the grit, dive right in. If you, like me, want to hang out a while with characters rich in their own traditions, dive right in. This is storytelling at the top of the heap."
"Krasnoff's multigenerational, phantasmagoric saga kept me turning the pages at a rapid pace."
--James Morrow, World Fantasy Award winner
About the Author
Barbara Krasnoff was born and bred in Brooklyn, and has the accent to prove it. She has sold over 35 short stories to a variety of publications; Sabbath Wine, which appeared in Clockwork Phoenix 5, was a finalist for the 2016 Nebula Award. When not producing weird fiction, she works as Reviews Editor for The Verge and investigates what animals and objects are really thinking in her Backstories series on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (#theirbackstories). You can find her at BrooklynWriter.com or on Twitter as @BarbK.
The amazingly prolific Jane Yolen, has been called "America's Hans Christian Andersen." She is the distinguished author of over 300 books, including Fairy Tale Feasts, Jewish Fairy Tale Feasts, Owl Moon and Devil's Arithmetic. She lives on an old farm in western Massachusetts with numerous moles who do not seem to be afraid of anything. She enjoys taking walks along the river near her house and visiting people, including her editors--in fact, she wrote this book in the office of one of them. Kathryn Brown has illustrated numerous highly-acclaimed picture books for children. She lives with her husband and their daughter near Jane Yolen in western Massachusetts. She did not, however, use the moles on Jane Yolen's farm as models for this book. (They were too hard to catch.)
"If David Mitchell plotted a speculative novel-in-stories that then Alice Munro wrote, you might get something approaching the ambition and beauty of Krasnoff's The History of Soul 2065. Krasnoff creates a world so excessively alive, both with woe and human kindness, that history can't contain them."
--Carlos Hernandez, author of Sal and Gabi Break the Universe
"Barbara Krasnoff's great gift is for manifesting the invisible: immigrants and outcasts, the queer, the bereaved, elderly, children, ghosts. And, ah! The ghosts! The ghosts in The History of Soul 2065 arrive from both the past and the future to interact, and interfere, with each other and the living. Timelines tangle, bloodlines mingle, the mundane becomes magical."
--C. S. E. Cooney, World Fantasy Award-winning author of Bone Swans: Stories
"Reading The History of Soul 2065 is like looking through a photo album - and when you touch someone's photo, you get pulled into what they were going through at the moment the photo was taken . . . The History of Soul 2065 is so many things. It's a journey through the histories and dreams of two families, it's a magical realism way of finding hope when you feel lost, it's historical fantasy, it's far future science fiction."
--Little Red Reviewer