Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Bottoms Up by Namwali Serpell

Namwali Serpell is a very new to me author. She's an English professor at UC Berkeley and she interviewed, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, at the 2018 Bay Area Book Festival last Saturday. 

I was impressed with the interview Namwali Serpell did with Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o. I wanted to check out Namwali Serpell's writing and discovered a short story of hers titled, Bottoms Up, on Audible. I decided to download and listen to it yesterday afternoon while enjoying my lunch.

Listening time for Bottoms Up by Namwali Serpell and narrated by Fleet Cooper is 18 minutes.

Do you like unique reads that are science fiction and literary romance inspired with a bit of technology thrown in? Then Bottoms Up by Namwali Serpell is the short story for you!! I enjoyed it... As the description below states, this short story is weird, creepy, and funny.

Fleet Cooper is a good narrator.

The following is a summary for Bottoms Up by Namwali Serpell from Audible:
Weird, funny, and deliciously creepy, "Bottoms Up" shows us a twisted not-so-distant future where technology is used to control even the most intimate of human acts. A mismatched pair of socks brings two people together, but once they find out they’re perfect for each other, their obsession with a clean bill of health drives them to seek the ultimate in safe sex. A slick read that melds science fiction and literary romance, "Bottoms Up" is an utterly original look at the disintegration of love as mediated by our modern obsessions with health, self-improvement, and technology. This story originally appeared in Tin House.
I am giving Bottoms Up by Namwali Serpell a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!


  1. It is always great to find a new author, isn't it? This one sounds like a type I like. Does she have a novel?