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Parable of the Sower is the odyssey of one woman who is twice as feeling in a world that has become doubly dehumanized. The time is 2025. The place is California, where small walled communities must protect themselves from hordes of desperate scavengers and roaming bands of "Paints", people addicted to a drug that activates an orgasmic desire to burn, rape and murder. When one small community is overrun, Lauren Olamina, an 18 year old black woman, sets off on foot, moving north along the dangerous coastal highways. She is a "sharer", one who suffers from a hereditary trait called "hyperempathy", which causes her to feel others' pain as well as her own. Parable of the Sower is both a coming of age novel and a road novel, set in the near future, when the dying embers of our old civilization can either cool or be the catalyst for something new.
"...PARABLE OF THE SOWER is a thoroughly good read with characters you can really identify with and line for line intensity. It's edgy, it has a ring of truth, and it's literary writing....[It is] the kind of writing I have always hoped for, expected from good SF writers....Hurry and grab this one up ASAP."
Misha Nógha, SF Eye, Spring 1994
Butler, Octavia E.
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