Disaster upon catastrophe forces an unlucky engineer to become someone more adventuresome.
A tech-savvy private investigator stalks organ traffickers across a toxic cityscape.
International hostilities on an alien planet turn a human architect into a dogged emissary for peace.
Enslaved by a monstrous lord, a sage seeks answers in the stars and finds more... desirable problems.
Older women take center stage in these four novellas. They may be wives, mothers, wise women or healers, but those archetypes are not their defining characteristics. Their motivations are their own, and they're not interested in living in the background of someone else's epic yarn.
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
M. Fenn – "To The Edges"
Minerva Zimmerman – "Copper"
Anna Caro – "This Other World"
Marissa James – "The Second Wife"
Cover art copyright 1985 "Self Portrait Age 90" by Judith Mason (public domain)
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Starred Review. These four excellent novellas feature women older than fifty navigating cataclysmic and security-obsessed futures, life on other planets, and societies governed by astronomy and blood magic. Anna Caro's "This Other World" is especially breathtaking, featuring an autistic protagonist whose perspective is both nuanced and thought-provoking; "Copper" by Minerva Zimmerman is a fast-paced procedural that opens with a humorous hook before taking a turn for high-stakes seriousness. Though these two stood out, both "To the Edges" by M. Fenn and "The Second Wife" by Marissa James are accomplished and engaging: the former favors clear, solid prose with turns into startling beauty, while the latter portrays a lush, high fantasy Mesoamerican setting. In addition to the wonderfully realized speculative elements, these stories are all notable for the foregrounding of problems specific to their very different heroines without defining them: aging bodies, retirement, previous marriages, parenting to adult children, are all aspects of these women without defining their character. As a whole this collection is important and necessary, successfully demonstrating the many ways in which women's stories needn't end with youth. (May)
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Book Description Crossed Genres Publications, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110615777090