The Fresco

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HarperCollins, Feb 5, 2002 - Fiction - 480 pages
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The bizarre events that have been occuring across the United States -- unexplained "oddities" tracked by Air Defense, mysterious disappearances, shocking deaths -- seem to have no bearing on Benita Alvarez-Shipton's life. That is, until the soft-spoken thirty-six-year-old bookstore manager is approached by a pair of aliens asking her to transmit their message of peace to the powers in Washington. An abused Albuquerque wife with low self-esteem, Benita has been chosen to act as the sole liaison between the human race and the Pistach, who have offered their human hosts a spectacular opportunity for knowledge and enrichment.

But ultimately Benita will be called upon to do much more than deliver messages -- and may, in fact, be responsible for saving the Earth. Because the Pistach are not the only space-faring species currently making their presence known on her unsuspecting planet. And the others are not so benevolent.

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User Review  - nmele - LibraryThing

I liked this book, about aliens contacting humanity through a self-educated middle-aged woman in a sometimes abusive marriage. A good story, it is also a reflection on how societies determine their values and how those values color reflection and interpretation of history and art. Read full review

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User Review  - Donna - Goodreads

I loved this book. I am having a hard time articulating even to myself why I liked it so much. It doesn't have super exciting action scenes. There's some cool technology but none of it is explained in ... Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Sheri S. Tepper is the author of more than thirty novels, including 1993ís A Plague of Angels, which is set in the same world as The Waters Rising. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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