REVIEWS

  • "These riveting additions to Butler's oeuvre are superb examples of her craft and will be welcomed by Butler fans and scholars alike." -Publishers Weekly, starred review

    "Both stories deal in their own way with the issues of race and gender that informed much of Butler's work. . . . These stories, with an introduction by Walter Mosley, will be a joy for Butler's many readers." -Library Journal

    Striking social commentary underscores the action in two dark, previously unpublished stories from the late sci-fi master. . . . A small but important addition to the oeuvre of a writer deeply concerned with issues of race and gender." -Kirkus Reviews, starred review

    "One of the finest voices in fiction-period. . . . Butler casts an unflinching eye on racism, sexism, poverty and ignorance and lets the reader see the terror and beauty of human nature." -The Washington Post Book World

    "What we have in these stories is actually something less like a childhood photograph, or juvenilia, or apocrypha, and more like the miraculous discovery that the beloved book you've read a dozen times has an extra chapter you've somehow never noticed. These stories don't feel different; they feel like just her." -Los Angeles Review of Books

    "In both stories Butler is able to create a whole world and a whole history out of very few words, by centering them on women who suffer no illusions about the worlds and circumstances they live in. She addresses race and class head-on as well as in metaphorical terms." -NPR Books

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