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Fledgling

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Book Overview: Fledgling

Fledgling, Octavia Butler's last novel, is the story of an apparently young, amnesiac girl whose alarmingly un-human needs and abilities lead her to a startling conclusion: she is in fact a genetically modified, 53-year-old vampire. Forced to discover what she can about her stolen former life, she must at the same time learn who wanted--and still wants--to destroy her and those she cares for, and how she can save herself. Fledgling is a captivating novel that tests the limits of "otherness" and questions what it means to be truly human.

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"An internationally acclaimed science fiction writer whose evocative, often troubling, novels explore far-reaching issues of race, sex, power and, ultimately, what it means to be human."-- New York Times

"If we're talking must-read authors like Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, and Toni Morrison, the one-and-only Octavia Butler needs be a part of the conversation. The groundbreaking sci-fi and speculative fiction author was a master of spinning imaginative tales that introduced you to both the possibilities -- and dangers -- of the human race, all while offering lessons on tribalism, race, gender, and sexuality."-- O, The Oprah Magazine

"Butler is one of the finest voices in fiction-period . . . A master storyteller with a voice that cradles and captivates, Butler casts an unflinching eye on racism, sexism, poverty and ignorance, and lets the reader see the terror and beauty of human nature."-- Washington Post

"A revolutionary voice in her lifetime, Butler has only become more popular and influential . . . A generation of younger writers cite her as an influence, from Jemisin and Tochi Onyebuchi to Marlon James and Nnedi Okarafor . . .She is now praised as a visionary who anticipated many of the issues in the news today, from the coronavirus to climate change to the election of President Donald Trump."-- Associated Press

"Wild Seed is a book that shifted my life . . . It is as epic, as game-changing, as moving and brilliant as any science fiction novel ever written."-- Viola Davis

"Brilliant, endlessly rich...pairs well with 1984 or The Handmaid's Tale."-- John Green, New York Times (on Parable of the Sower)

Octavia E. Butler (1947-2006) was an American science fiction author who broke barriers as an African American woman in a genre dominated by white men. Recognized for her unique blend of science fiction and African American spiritualism, her work explores themes of race, gender, and identity. Butler's writing won her multiple Hugo and Nebula awards, making her one of the best-known women in the field. Some of her most notable books include "Kindred," and the "Parable" series. In 1995, she became the first science-fiction writer to receive a MacArthur Fellowship, also known as the "Genius Grant." Through her trail-blazing work, Butler has left a lasting legacy in the world of science fiction and beyond.

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