Sunday, July 26, 2009

Shelf Life: James Braziel's Snakeskin Road

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GENRE: Dystopian sci-fi odyssey

THE PITCH: Fleeing a futuristic Southern landscape ravaged by climate change, Jennifer and Mazy, a pregnant woman and a teenager, head toward a Northern promised land along a patchwork trail known as Snakeskin Road.

GRIM DETAILS: “The dead are starting to smell — those lying in the waterless reflecting pools, under trees, those in the courtyard mummy-wrapped. No matter where we go in the square, the wind picks up their decay and the syrupy plastic.”

HISTORICAL RELEVANCE: The Northern-bound odyssey Jennifer and Mazy endure is an evocative adaptation of 19th-century slave narratives.

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