A PATTERNIST NOVEL (1): It begins when two immortals meet in an African forest. Together they will change the world.
'A book that shifted my life... Epic, game-changing, moving and brilliant' VIOLA DAVIS
'Will rewire the mind of whoever reads it... you don't emerge from the journey unaffected' NNEDI OKORAFOR
A PATTERNIST NOVEL: BOOK ONE
It begins when two immortals meet in an African forest.
Doro is an ancient spirit who, for thousands of years, has cultivated a small village of people in search of perfection. He steals from their bodies to sustain his own life. Doro fears no one - until he meets Anyanwu.
Anyanwu is like Doro and yet different. She uses her wisdom to help others, healing injuries, birthing tribes and shifting the shapes of her own body. Anyanwu feels no threat - until she meets Doro.
In an epic story of love and hate, Doro and Anyanwu chase each other across continents and centuries - a power struggle that echoes through generations. Together they will change the world.
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
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
[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
OCTAVIA E. BUTLER (1947-2006) was the renowned author of numerous ground-breaking novels, including Kindred, Wild Seed, and Parable of the Sower. Recipient of the Locus, Hugo and Nebula awards, and a PEN Lifetime Achievement Award for her body of work, in 1995 she became the first science-fiction writer to receive the MacArthur Fellowship 'Genius Grant'. A pioneer of her genre, Octavia's dystopian novels explore myriad themes of Black injustice, women's rights, global warming and political disparity, and her work is taught in over two hundred colleges and universities nationwide.
In 2020, Octavia E. Butler became a New York Times bestselling author.