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Parable of the Sower: the New York Times bestseller

Octavia E. Butler

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Science fiction

The first EARTHSEED novel by ground-breaking writer Octavia E. Butler that feel like a prophetic nod to our current world.

This first EARTHSEED novel by ground-breaking writer Octavia E. Butler feel like a prophetic nod to our current world. If you were glued to THE HANDMAID'S TALE, you'll love this beautiful new edition of a seminal American classic.

'If there is one thing scarier than a dystopian novel about the future, it's one written in the past that has already begun to come true. This is what makes PARABLE OF THE SOWER even more impressive than it was when first published' Gloria Steinem

We are coming apart. We're a rope, breaking, a single strand at a time.

America is a place of chaos, where violence rules and only the rich and powerful are safe. Lauren Olamina, a young woman with the extraordinary power to feel the pain of others as her own, records everything she sees of this broken world in her journal.

Then, one terrible night, everything alters beyond recognition, and Lauren must make her voice heard for the sake of those she loves.

Soon, her vision becomes reality and her dreams of a better way to live gain the power to change humanity forever.

All that you touch,
You Change.
All that you Change,
Changes you.

What readers are saying about Octavia Butler:

'KINRED was written in 1979 but could have been written last year. Incredible. I couldn't put it down'

'Emotionally and viscerally alive and challenging. I don't know how I missed it before now'

'A masterpiece by a matchless artist. Butler is simply sublime'

'Reading these books will change your life'

'A finely crafted work, rife with emotional power, horrifying in its believability, with a message that cannot be ignored'

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Praise for Parable of the Sower: the New York Times bestseller

  • No novel I've read this year has felt as relevant, as gut-wrenching or as essential... If you've ever tweeted "All Lives Matter", someone needs to shove Kindred into your hand, and quickly - The Pool

  • Octavia E. Butler is one of the most significant literary artists of the twentieth century. One cannot exaggerate the impact she has had across canons - as creators, readers, critics, we're still wrestling with her extraordinary work

  • One cannot finish Kindred without feeling changed. It is a shattering work of art - Los Angeles Herald-Examiner

  • [Her] evocative, often troubling, novels explore far-reaching issues of race, sex, power and, ultimately, what it means to be human - New York Times

  • Octavia Butler was playing out our very real possibilities as humans. I think she can help each of us to do the same

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Octavia E. Butler

Octavia E. Butler (1947-2006) was the author of numerous ground-breaking novels, including Kindred, Wild Seed, and Parable of the Sower. Recipient of the Locus, Hugo and Nebula awards, she became the first science fiction writer to receive the MacArthur Fellowship 'Genius Grant'.

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