Parable of the Sower

Category: Book
By (author): Butler, Octavia E.
Subject:  FICTION / African American / Contemporary Women
  FICTION / Coming of Age
  FICTION / Dystopian
  FICTION / Science Fiction / Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic
  FICTION / Science Fiction / General
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Published: April 2019
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 8.05in x 5.25in x 1.20in
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From The Publisher*This highly acclaimed post-apocalyptic novel of hope and terror from award-winning author Octavia E. Butler "pairs well with 1984 or The Handmaid's Tale" (John Green, New York Times)--now with a new foreword by N. K. Jemisin.

When global climate change and economic crises lead to social chaos in the early 2020s, California becomes full of dangers, from pervasive water shortage to masses of vagabonds who will do anything to live to see another day. Fifteen-year-old Lauren Olamina lives inside a gated community with her preacher father, family, and neighbors, sheltered from the surrounding anarchy. In a society where any vulnerability is a risk, she suffers from hyperempathy, a debilitating sensitivity to others' emotions.

Precocious and clear-eyed, Lauren must make her voice heard in order to protect her loved ones from the imminent disasters her small community stubbornly ignores. But what begins as a fight for survival soon leads to something much more: the birth of a new faith . . . and a startling vision of human destiny.

Review Quote*"A brilliant, endlessly rich dystopian novel that pairs well with 1984 or The Handmaid's Tale, and it's also a fascinating exploration of how crises can fuel new religious and ideological movements."-John Green, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Turtles All the Way Down, New York Times
Review Quote*"In the ongoing contest over which dystopian classic is most applicable to our time, Octavia Butler's 'Parable' books may be unmatched."-New Yorker
Review Quote*"A gripping tale of survival and a poignant account of growing up sane in a disintegrating world."-New York Times Book Review
Review Quote*"May resonate even more with readers today than when it was originally published in 1993."-Wall Street Journal
Review Quote*"A powerful story of hope and faith."-Denver Post
Review Quote*"There isn't a page in this vivid and frightening story that fails to grip the reader."-San Jose Mercury News
Biographical NoteOCTAVIA E. BUTLER was a renowned African-American writer who received a MacArthur "Genius" Grant and PEN West Lifetime Achievement Award for her body of work. She was the author of several award-winning novels including Parable of the Talents, which won the Nebula for Best Novel. Acclaimed for her lean prose, strong protagonists, and social observations in stories that range from the distant past to the far future, sales of her books have increased enormously since her death as the issues she addressed in her Afrofuturistic, feminist novels and short fiction have only become more relevant. She passed away on February 24, 2006.