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August 2005 Selection: Parable of the Talents
By: Octavia Butler
Copyright: 1998

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About the Book:

When unattended environmental and economic crises lead to social chaos, not even gated communities are safe. In a night of fire and death Lauren Olamina, a minister's young daughter, loses her family and home and ventures out into the unprotected American landscape. But what begins as a flight for survival soon leads to something much more: a startling vision of human destiny...and the birth of a new faith..

Multiple award winner Octavia E. Butler's astonishing novels have made her a powerful, acclaimed voice in women's fiction, African-American literature, and modern science fiction. Parable of the Sower is her stunning portrait of an all-too-believable near future, a twenty-first century of horror -- and hope.

Lauren Olamina is an empath, crippled by the pain of others. Cloistered inside a neighborhood enclave in a U.S. where the distance between the haves and the have-nots has widened to a gaping chasm, she lives a protected life. But one night, violence explodes, and the walls of her neighborhood are smashed, annihilating Lauren's family and friends -- all she loves and knows..

Now the empath must face the world outside. Leading a tiny band of desperate followers through a thousand miles of Hell, she is a prophet bearing nothing but the promises of new life and a new faith...Earthseed.

America, 2025...From the ruins will arise a new prophet, a new path, a new day...

Winner of the 1999 Nebula Award for best Science Fiction or Fantasy novel.

Related Web sites:

Octavia Butler page at Time Warner Books

Reading Group Guide at Time Warner Web site

Octavia Butler interview at Time Warner Books [1999]

Octavia Butler interview at Creative Ink


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