Harun, Adrienne. “Lukudi.” The King of Limbo and Other Stories. New York: Overlook Press, 2001.
Natife is from Nigeria and knows the ways of lukudi, otherwise known as “wealthmagic” or black magic. Ever since Natife cured Carena’s skin ailment she knew he would be the perfect peer counselor for suicidal Ally Reisch. The key to getting close to Ally is to befriend her favorite horse, Denali and to protect her from the abusive Ciggy. Interestingly enough, Natife acquires a magical lighter from a man trying to get his brother to quit smoking. The lighter proves to be important in the relationship between Ally and Ciggy. Harun’s storytelling is magical.
Favorite line, “Some people have memory in their bones and will not die for many lives” (p 24).
Reason read: June is short story month.
Author fact: Harun has her own website here.
Book trivia: The King of Limbo and Other Stories is Harun’s first compilation of short stories.
BookLust Twist: from More Book Lust in the chapter “Good Things Come in Small Packages” (p 103).