Parable of the Sower Paperback

By Octavia E. Butler

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Loved by our collective!

This is the first book I read after the 2016 general election. I hadn't known who Octavia Butler was before then. I still remember exactly where I was standing when I read the first pages of Lauren Olamina's tenacious and uncompromising survival. So many people in my life had been protesting, marching, sitting in, shutting down, and organizing for a world free of oppression, and that project had just been dealt a huge blow. It felt like the start of an especially horrific turn, and Octavia Butler had seen it all coming in 1993. And through the life and words of Lauren Oalmania was telling us what we could do about it. Or, perhaps more accurately, what we might have to do about it, much like Lauren is forced to throughout the story.  A bleak depiction of our future that feels alarmingly close to our present, it is only through Laurens creativity, innovation, and interpretation of god that we receive any relief from the bleak and violent world crumbling around her.  I'm forever grateful to Octavia for warning of what might come and for offering this visionary resource in how we might adapt to survive. 

Mic, Firestorm Collective member

Product Details

352 pages
Grand Central Publishing (1/1/00)
5.3 x 1 x 8 inches
afrofuturism, dystopia