Thanks to fab writer Sara Gregory, issue 109 of Sinister Wisdom features a brilliant review of Elena Georgiou’s The Immigrant’s Refrigerator (GenPop Books, 2018), which Gregory calls “a multiply-voiced chorus spanning experiences of political upheaval, violence, sex work, death, scholarship, bread-baking, spirituality, physical and psychic hunger.”
Elena Georgiou’s The Immigrant’s Refrigerator arrives at an important sociopolitical moment. Dominant opinion has swung aggressively against immigrants, who, often caught between well-worn and interdependent poles of “immigrants are ruining this country” and the “American Dream,” are denied voice, idiosyncrasy, and personhood. In contrast, Georgiou’s collection is a constellation of twelve short stories which invert, complicate, and ultimately push against such narratives. The Immigrant’s Refrigerator is effective, engaging, and often devastating….. Though The Immigrant’s Refrigerator is not, by and large, a happy read, it is beautiful. With The Immigrant’s Refrigerator, Georgiou has written a book of resistance and of tender storytelling. Important on its own, our current political climate has elevated The Immigrant’s Refrigerator to vital reading.
Publishing since 1976, Sinister Wisdom is a multicultural lesbian literary & art journal that works to create a multicultural, multi-class lesbian space, in an effort to open, consider and advance the exploration of lesbian community issues. We hope you’ll read the full review in Issue 109.