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Parable of the Talents

Parable of the Talents

(Book #2 in the Earthseed series)


Book Overview: Parable of the Talents

Parable of the Talents celebrates the classic Butlerian themes of alienation and transcendence, violence and spirituality, slavery and freedom, separation and community, to astonishing effect, in the shockingly familiar, broken world of 2032. Long awaited, Parable of the Talents is the continuation of the travails of Lauren Olamina, the heroine of 1994's Nebula-Prize finalist, bestselling Parable of the Sower. Parable of the Talents is told in the voice of Lauren Olamina's daughter--from whom she has been separated for most of the girl's life--with sections in the form of Lauren's journal. Against a background of a war-torn continent, and with a far-right religious crusader in the office of the U.S. presidency, this is a book about a society whose very fabric has been torn asunder, and where the basic physical and emotional needs of people seem almost impossible to meet.

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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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