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Parable of the Talents (Earthseed)

Butler, Octavia E.

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ISBN 10: 0446675784 / ISBN 13: 9780446675789
Published by Grand Central Publishing
Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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0446675784 2000. 424 pages. Signed by the author on the title page, with inscription to a Nicole. Wraps with light rubbing to edges, small chip to front fore-edge. Spine square, uncreased, with some rubbing to edges. Binding sound. Textblock with small scratch to fore-edge. Interior clean, unmarked. Bookseller Inventory # BBS-2005616

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Title: Parable of the Talents (Earthseed)

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Binding: PAPERBACK

Book Condition:Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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"Enthralling...compelling and truly original." - Denver Post

Lauren Olamina's love is divided among her young daughter, her community, and the revelation that led Lauren to found a new faith that teaches "God Is Change". But in the wake of environmental and economic chaos, the U.S. government turns a blind eye to violent bigots who consider the mere existence of a black female leader a threat. And soon Lauren must either sacrifice her child and her followers -- or forsake the religion that can transform human destiny.

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Octavia Butler tackles the creation of a new religion, the making of a god, and the ultimate fate of humanity in her Earthseed series, which began with Parable of the Sower, and now continues with Parable of the Talents. The saga began with the near-future dystopian tale of Sower, in which young Lauren Olamina began to realize her destiny as a leader of people dispossessed and destroyed by the crumbling of society. The basic principles of Lauren's faith, Earthseed, were contained in a collection of deceptively simple proverbs that Lauren used to recruit followers. She teaches that "God is change" and that humanity's ultimate destiny is among the stars.

In Parable of the Talents, the seeds of change that Lauren planted begin to bear fruit, but in unpredictable and brutal ways. Her small community is destroyed, her child is kidnapped, and she is imprisoned by sadistic zealots. She must find a way to escape and begin again, without family or friends. Her single-mindedness in teaching Earthseed may be her only chance to survive, but paradoxically, may cause the ultimate estrangement of her beloved daughter. Parable of the Talents is told from both mother's and daughter's perspectives, but it is the narrative of Lauren's grown daughter, who has seen her mother made into a deity of sorts, that is the most compelling. Butler's writing is simple and elegant, and her storytelling skills are superb, as usual. Fans will be eagerly awaiting the next installment in what promises to be a moving and adventurous saga. --Therese Littleton

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