Parable of the Sower (Earthseed #1) (Paperback)

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"Octavia's Butler's Parables are hauntingly prophetic! They peer into a not-so-distant draught-ravished California. Lauren Olamina, young daughter of a minister, responds to the urgency of humanity's dire need for sustainable resilience by creating Earthseed: A new communalist worldview and guidebook for survival and human Futurity. When tragedy reaches her home, Lauren sets out to actualize a new world. Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents both guide readers through a series of plausible crises that highlight America's politics alongside the devastating impact of racism." - Amai

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Parable of the Sower is a dystopian classic of terror and hope-the story of an African American teenage girl trying to survive in an all-too-real future-from the "grand dame" of science fiction, Octavia E. Butler.

When unattended environmental and economic crises lead to social chaos, not even gated communities are safe. In a night of fire and death, Lauren Olamina, an empath and the daughter of a minister, loses her family and home and ventures out into the unprotected American landscape. But what begins as a flight for survival soon leads to something much more: a startling vision of human destiny...and the birth of a new faith, as Lauren becomes a prophet carrying the hope of a new world and a revoltionary idea christened "Earthseed."

Chilling and thought-provoking for adult and young adult readers alike, ..".there isn't a page in this vivid and frightening story that fails to grip the reader" (San Jose Mercury News).

*Includes reading group guide

About the Author

OCTAVIA E. BUTLER, often referred to as the "grand dame of science fiction," was the author of several award-winning novels including Parable of the Talents, winner of the Nebula Award for Best Novel. Recipient of a MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant and numerous literary awards, she has been acclaimed for her lean prose, strong protagonists, and social observations in stories that range from the distant past to the far future. She passed away on February 24, 2006.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780446675505
ISBN-10: 0446675504
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: January 1st, 2000
Pages: 352
Language: English
Series: Earthseed