A Paradigm of Earth

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9780312877965: A Paradigm of Earth

Candas Jane Dorsey's first novel, the fantasy Black Wine, won three significant awards and got enthusiastic reviews across the United States and Canada. Now Dorsey returns with a literary SF parable about a woman named Morgan and her offbeat household. In the near future, when political and social conservatism dominate society, Morgan inherits a big, century-old mansion in a prairie city and moves there to rebuild her life. She fills the house with sexual misfits and political outcasts, in a sense, orphans like herself. But the final tenant is one she never could have imagined: an alien child.

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An emotionally wounded woman finds connection, community, and her own sense of humanity in this powerful and beautifully written novel. Morgan Shelby has lost her parents, her lover, and her joy in life. She has inherited a sprawling old house whose upkeep is beyond her means, and she doesn't notice when the aliens land--she's busy recruiting tenants and fighting depression. Then she's hired to raise Blue, an infant alien sent to learn about Earth. Blue's government watchdogs aren't happy about the unconventional Morgan's influence on Blue, and no one in the household is ready for the ways in which Blue disrupts their lives and questions their assumptions about what it means to be human.

A Paradigm of Earth is a sophisticated and moving study of alienation and humanity, with real characters in complex relationships, full of humor and hope. An excellent book for lovers of literary science fiction. --Roz Genessee

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Candas Jane Dorsey lives in Edmonton, Alberta.

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Book Description Tor Books, New York, New York, U.S.A., 2001. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. 366 pages. Review: "As brilliant as William Gibson, as complex as Gene Wolfe, with a humanity and passion all her own, Candas Jane Dorsey isn't just a comer, she's a winner. "--Ursula K. Le Guin This tale of growth and discovery by the author of Black Wine pays tribute to such SF classics as Robert Heinlein s Stranger in a Strange Land and the philosophical novels of Theodore Sturgeon. Library Journal Of the aliens outside Earth s atmosphere, all any of us can do is guess. Of the aliens among us, we can do far more than we have to understand and accept. Authors have made an attempt at bridging that gap; few have done it as perceptively and deftly as Candas Jane Dorsey has in this ground-breaking novel.Readers will get the best portrayal of bisexuals ever to come to print. Certainly, it is a landmark in the literary treatment of this group.A fresh look at the nature of what may be out there and those that are already among us? It s a huge task to ask of a novel or a novelist, but A Paradigm of Earth pulls it off in a dazzling, entrancing fashion. And, somehow, Dorsey gives off the impression that it is all so easy. Isn t that a definition of genius? Book Description Canadas Jane Dorsey returns with a literary SF parable about a household of political outcasts in a midwestern Canadian city. In this not too distant future, political and social conservatism have come to dominate society. That a dozen or more humanoid alien infants have been brought to Earth to be given into the care of major Earth governments is stunning yet distant newsuntil one comes to live in the house, with all the attendant government surveillance. About the Author Candas Jane Dorsey lives in Edmonton, Alberta. Bookseller Inventory # 0004093

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