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Almost a set of short stories, this novel breaks into discrete episodes, centered on identity, love, and death. Jaqe has no identity until she meets Laurie, introduced and named by Mother Night; in that moment, she knows herself, and that she loves Laurie. But once Mother Night has become part of their lives, Laurie and Jaqe and their daughter Kate cannot live as other people do. Knowing Death, inevitably each of them seeks to use the knowledge, to bargain with Death, and to change the terms in the balance of life and death in the world.Pollack's characters, major and supporting, living, dead, and divine, are memorably human. As she transplants myths and folklore into a modern setting, she gives new life to old tales and a deeper meaning to a seemingly simple world.
Winner of the World Fantasy Award for best novel, 1997
Rachel Pollack (1945 - )
Rachel Pollack was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1945. She is well known as a science fiction author, comic book writer and expert on divinatory tarot. She has been a great influence on the women's spirituality movement and on women's SF. She won the Arthur C. Clarke Award in 1989 with Unquenchable Fire and the World Fantasy Award in 1997 with Godmother Night. She has also been shortlisted for the Nebula Award and for the James Tiptree, Jr Memorial Award twice. Rachel Pollack lives in New York.
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