She’s black, but not local, this new colleague who wears her boots and jeans and scarf with a bohemian aplomb that causes the others to ask her where she shops. “Oh, you know, thrift stores,” she says with a chuckle. George at the desk next to yours says “Charity shops?” and the newcomer says “Yeah, thrift stores…”
Over the weekend, BuzzFeed Books launched Reader, a new platform for short fiction, poetry, and longform essays. Included in the initial lineup is “If A Book Is Locked There’s Probably A Good Reason For That Don’t You Think,” a short story excerpted from Helen Oyeyemi’s newly published collection.