Parable of the Talents
Parable of the Talents celebrates the Butlerian themes of alienation and transcendence, violence and spirituality, slavery and freedom, separation and community, to astonishing effect, in the shockingly familiar, broken world of 2032. Long awaited, Parable of the Talents is the continuation of the travails of Lauren Olamina, the heroine of 1994's Nebula-Prize finalist, bestselling Parable of the Sower. Parable of the Talents is told in the voice of Lauren Olamina's daughter—from whom she has been separated for most of the girl's life—with sections in the form of Lauren's journal. Against a background of a war-torn continent, and with a far-right religious crusader in the office of the U.S. presidency, this is a book about a society whose very fabric has been torn asunder, and where the basic physical and emotional needs of people seem almost impossible to meet.
As Ms. Butler herself explained, "Parable of the Sower was a book about problems. I originally intended that Parable of the Talents be a book about solutions. I don't have the solutions, so what I've done here is looked at the solutions that people tend to reach for when they're feeling troubled and confused."
And yet, human life, oddly, thrives in this unforgettable novel. And the young Lauren of Parable of the Sower here blossoms into the full strength of her womanhood, complex and entirely credible.
"This work stands out as a testament to the author's enormous talent, and to the human spirit." —Publishers Weekly
About Octavia E. Butler
"All that you touch you change." — Octavia E. Butler (1947–2006)
A writer who, in book after book, imagined richly the dark future for which we have destined ourselves and offered hope for improving it, OCTAVIA E. BUTLER is recognized as one of the bravest and smartest of American fiction writers. A 1995 MacArthur Award winner, Butler transcended genre even as she was awarded science fiction's top prizes, the Nebula and Hugo Awards. She reached readers of all ages, all races, all sexual persuasions. An impassioned voice for inclusion and early proponent of afrofuturism, Butler died in 2006 at the age of 58. She remains an inspiration to her international readership, which continues to grow, and has spawned several generations of devoted followers.