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Beacon Press, 2004 - Fiction - 287 pages
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This 25th anniversary edition, about a modern black woman who is snatched away to the antebellum South, celebrates a classic work with much to say about love, hate, slavery, and racial dilemmas, then and now (Los Angeles Herald Examiner).

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User Review  - Bodagirl - LibraryThing

To put it simply, I loved it. It started a bit slow, but it's intentional. Butler draws you in to the inner conflict Dana faces of the time-travel paradox and the catch-22 of the American antebellum slave system. The abruptness of the ending was powerful, both horrifying and powerful. Read full review

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User Review  - shaunesay - LibraryThing

"I lost an arm on my last trip home. My left arm." Is that an opening hook or what? Of course you have to keep reading to find out how she lost her arm! This is not a happy book, but it is an ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Science-fiction writer and novelist Octavia Estelle Butler was born in Pasadena, California, on June 22, 1947. She earned as Associate of Arts degree from Pasadena City College in 1968 and later attended California State University and the University of California. Her first novel, Patternmaster, was the first in a series about a society run by a group of telepaths who are mentally linked to one another. She explored the topics of race, poverty, politics, religion, and human nature in her works. She won a Hugo Award in 1984 for her short story Speech Sounds and a Hugo Award and Nebula Award in 1985 for her novella Bloodchild. She received a MacArthur Grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The award pays $295,000 over a five-year period to creative people who push the boundaries of their fields. She died in Lake Forest Park, Washington on February 24, 2006 at the age of 58.

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