1. Parable of the Talents

    Book 2 in The Parable series

    Octavia E. Butler

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    As America rebuilds itself, bigotry threatens a peaceful haven

    Lauren Olamina was only eighteen when her family was killed, and anarchy encroached on her Southern California home. She fled the war zone for the hope of quiet and safety in the north. There she founded Acorn, a peaceful community based on a religion of her creation, called Earthseed, whose central tenet is that God is change. Five years later, Lauren has married a doctor and given birth to a daughter. Acorn is beginning to thrive. But outside the tranquil group’s walls, America is changing for the worse.

    Presidential candidate Andrew Steele Jarret wins national fame by preaching a return to the values of the American golden age. To his marauding followers, who are identified by their crosses and black robes, this is a call to arms to end religious tolerance and racial equality—a brutal doctrine they enforce by machine gun. And as this band of violent extremists sets its deadly sights on Earthseed, Acorn is plunged into a harrowing fight for its very survival.

    This ebook features an illustrated biography of Octavia E. Butler including rare images from the author’s estate.

  2. Pub Date
    07/24/2012
    Publisher
    Open Road Integrated Media
    ISBN13
    9781453263624
    Format
    Ebook

Editorial Reviews

  • “Enthralling . . . compelling and truly original.”  - The Denver Post

  • “Splendid . . . provocative . . . a parable that deserves to be pondered.” The Plain Dealer

  • “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

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Octavia E. Butler

Octavia E. Butler (1947–2006) was a bestselling and award-winning author, considered one of the best science fiction writers of her generation. She received both the Hugo and Nebula Awards, and in 1995 became the first author of science fiction to receive a MacArthur Fellowship. She was also awarded the prestigious PEN Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000.