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Parable Of The Sower

By Octavia Butler

Genre: SF/Fantasy/Horror
Picked by: elizabethm
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Staff Review:

Octavia Butler is an amazing author - and even more amazing, she is one of the few women of color writing in a field dominated by white men (sci fi). Here's a great synopsis of this novel: "By 2025, global warming, pollution, racial and ethnic tensions and other ills have precipitated a worldwide decline. In the Los Angeles area, small beleaguered communities of the still-employed hide behind makeshift walls from hordes of desperate homeless scavengers... Lauren Olamina, a young black woman, flees when the paints overrun her community, heading north with thousands of other refugees seeking a better life. Lauren suffers from 'hyperempathy," a genetic condition that causes her to experience the pain of others as viscerally as her own. But she dreams of a better world, and with her philosophy/religion, Earthseed, she hopes to found an enclave which will weather the tough times and which may one day help carry humans to the stars." - Publisher's Weekly