"I wanted to explore that kind of grief, that desire...to bring back who you love and to wish for that power not simply out of hubris, but to see the one you love back again," LaValle says.
"When you tell the truth, it's naturally going to offend people afraid of the truth, afraid of what the truth might force them to do," says writer Sherman Alexie.
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Linda Fortune's family was forced out of District Six when she was 22. Growing up, the family often ate crayfish her father caught as a hobby. "If you had an overabundance of fish, you would share it with the neighbors," she recalls.