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The twenty-fifth-anniversary edition of the classic novel that has sold over 250,000 copies.

Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned to save him. Dana is drawn back again and again for Rufus, yet each time the stay grows longer and more dangerous until it is uncertain whether or not Dana"s life will end, long before it has even begun.

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"Butler's literary craftsmanship is superb." The Washington Post Book World

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"In Kindred Octavia Butler creates a road for the impossible, and a balm for the unbearable. It is everything the literature of science fiction can be." Walter Mosley, author of the Easy Rawlins series

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"Kindred is a shattering work of art with much to say about love, hate, slavery and racial dilemmas, then and now." Los Angeles Herald Examiner

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"Truly terrifying....A book you'll find hard to put down." Essence

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"Butler"s books are exceptional....She is a realist, writing the most detailed social criticism and creating some of the most fascinating female characters in the genre...real women caught in impossible situations." The Village Voice

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"Octavia Butler is a writer who will be with us for a long, long time and Kindred is that rare magical artifact...the novel one returns to, again and again, through the years, to learn, to be humbled, and to be renewed." Harlan Ellison

Synopsis:

This 25th anniversary edition, about a modern black woman who is snatched away to the antebellum South, is 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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The twenty-fifth-anniversary edition of the classic novel that has sold over 250,000 copies< BR> < BR> Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned to save him. Dana is drawn back again and again for Rufus, yet each time the stay grows longer and more dangerous until it is uncertain whether or not Dana& #39; s life will end, long before it has even begun.< BR> < BR> & quot; In Kindred Octavia Butler creates a road for the impossible, and a balm for the unbearable. It is everything the literature of science fiction can be.& quot; < BR> & mdash; Walter Mosley< BR> < BR> & quot; Kindred] is a shattering work of art with much to say about love, hate, slavery and racial dilemmas, then and now.& quot; < BR> & mdash; Los Angeles Herald Examiner< BR> < BR> & quot; Truly terrifying. . . . A book you& #39; ll find hard to put down.& quot; < BR> & #175; Essence< BR> < BR> & quot; Butler& #39; s books are exceptional. . . . She is a realist, writing the most detailed social criticism and creating some of the most fascinating female characters in the genre . . . real women caught in impossible situations.& quot; < BR> & #175; The Village Voice< BR> < BR> & quot; Butler& #39; s literary craftsmanship is superb.& quot; & mdash; The Washington Post Book World

Synopsis:

The twenty-fifth-anniversary edition of the classic novel that has sold over 250,000 copies

Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned to save him. Dana is drawn back again and again for Rufus, yet each time the stay grows longer and more dangerous until it is uncertain whether or not Dana’s life will end, long before it has even begun.

“In Kindred Octavia Butler creates a road for the impossible, and a balm for the unbearable. It is everything the literature of science fiction can be.” —Walter Mosley

“[Kindred] is a shattering work of art with much to say about love, hate, slavery and racial dilemmas, then and now.” —Los Angeles Herald Examiner

“Truly terrifying. . . . A book you’ll find hard to put down.” ZEssence

“Butler’s books are exceptional. . . . She is a realist, writing the most detailed social criticism and creating some of the most fascinating female characters in the genre . . . real women caught in impossible situations.” ZThe Village Voice

“Butler’s literary craftsmanship is superb.”—The Washington Post Book World

About the Author

Octavia E. Butler is the author of many novels, including Dawn, Wild Seed, and Parable of the Sower. She is the recipient of a MacArthur Award and a Nebula Award, and she has twice won the Hugo Award. She passed away on February 24, 2006, at the age of 58.

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Christin, August 13, 2012 (view all comments by Christin)
Octavia Butler is one of the greatest sci-fi/fantasy writers of our time and this book is one of her best. Like all great sci-fi, this book can be read on two levels and both are equally engaging. The first is the surface, narrative level. The trials and tribulations of Dana, an African-American woman living in the mid-70s, who suddenly finds herself being transported back to the 1800s to a slave plantation are riveting from the first page. I found myself staying up into the wee hours of the morning reading this because I just had to know what happened to Dana and the other characters.

The second level is that of metaphor; it's a response to the more militant attitudes in the African-American community at the time this book was written. It wasn't uncommon to hear people condemning those who didn't try to escape slavery as weak and "house slaves" or slaves who had sexual relations (voluntarily, or as close as one could get to it as a slave) as traitors. Butler uses Dana's journeys into the past as a way to explore how the oppressive social systems of the time work on people's minds. Even someone like Dana, who grew up in the comparatively more free and liberated 60s and 70s can feel changes in herself, in spite of her best efforts to fight against it. The result is a much more compassionate view of slaves as complicated people with sometimes conflicting feelings and impulses trying to get by the best they can within a horribly oppressive social structure.

Such a message could seem heavy handed coming from a lesser writer, but Butler never lets the message overwhelm the characters and the story. I highly recommend this book!
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Elizabeth Bee, June 10, 2012 (view all comments by Elizabeth Bee)
It's been a long time since I stayed up reading a novel under the covers, but "Kindred" kept me up at night, both with its page-turning plot and its searing portrayal of slavery's brutality. Butler uses the device of involuntary time-travel to explore love, race, and the legacy of slavery, making us confront the ways black and white Americans are both scarred and knit together by this legacy. "Kindred" is both deep and readable. I highly recommend it.
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bananafish, January 28, 2011 (view all comments by bananafish)
Kindred, by Octavia Butler, is a fascinating story with complicated relationships, an intriguing plot, and a view into the time of slavery that compels the reader to consider this time period and all of its atrocities and complexity in a fresh way. Well written, and perfect for a book club as there are endless questions and topics to explore in discussion.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780807083697
Author:
Butler, Octavia E.
Publisher:
Beacon Press (MA)
Author:
Butler, Octavia
Location:
Boston
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Slavery
Subject:
Time travel
Subject:
Science / General
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Literature - Classics
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Los angeles (calif.)
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
25
Edition Description:
Anniversary
Series:
Bluestreak
Publication Date:
February 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
264
Dimensions:
8 x 5.3 x 0.8 in 0.75 lb
Age Level:
12-UP

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Product details 264 pages Beacon Press - English 9780807083697 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Butler's literary craftsmanship is superb."
"Review" by , "In Kindred Octavia Butler creates a road for the impossible, and a balm for the unbearable. It is everything the literature of science fiction can be."
"Review" by , "Kindred is a shattering work of art with much to say about love, hate, slavery and racial dilemmas, then and now."
"Review" by , "Truly terrifying....A book you'll find hard to put down."
"Review" by , "Butler"s books are exceptional....She is a realist, writing the most detailed social criticism and creating some of the most fascinating female characters in the genre...real women caught in impossible situations."
"Review" by , "Octavia Butler is a writer who will be with us for a long, long time and Kindred is that rare magical artifact...the novel one returns to, again and again, through the years, to learn, to be humbled, and to be renewed."
"Synopsis" by , This 25th anniversary edition, about a modern black woman who is snatched away to the antebellum South, is a classic work with "much to say about love, hate, slavery, and racial dilemmas, then and now" (Los Angeles Herald Examiner).
"Synopsis" by , The twenty-fifth-anniversary edition of the classic novel that has sold over 250,000 copies< BR> < BR> Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned to save him. Dana is drawn back again and again for Rufus, yet each time the stay grows longer and more dangerous until it is uncertain whether or not Dana& #39; s life will end, long before it has even begun.< BR> < BR> & quot; In Kindred Octavia Butler creates a road for the impossible, and a balm for the unbearable. It is everything the literature of science fiction can be.& quot; < BR> & mdash; Walter Mosley< BR> < BR> & quot; Kindred] is a shattering work of art with much to say about love, hate, slavery and racial dilemmas, then and now.& quot; < BR> & mdash; Los Angeles Herald Examiner< BR> < BR> & quot; Truly terrifying. . . . A book you& #39; ll find hard to put down.& quot; < BR> & #175; Essence< BR> < BR> & quot; Butler& #39; s books are exceptional. . . . She is a realist, writing the most detailed social criticism and creating some of the most fascinating female characters in the genre . . . real women caught in impossible situations.& quot; < BR> & #175; The Village Voice< BR> < BR> & quot; Butler& #39; s literary craftsmanship is superb.& quot; & mdash; The Washington Post Book World
"Synopsis" by , The twenty-fifth-anniversary edition of the classic novel that has sold over 250,000 copies

Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned to save him. Dana is drawn back again and again for Rufus, yet each time the stay grows longer and more dangerous until it is uncertain whether or not Dana’s life will end, long before it has even begun.

“In Kindred Octavia Butler creates a road for the impossible, and a balm for the unbearable. It is everything the literature of science fiction can be.” —Walter Mosley

“[Kindred] is a shattering work of art with much to say about love, hate, slavery and racial dilemmas, then and now.” —Los Angeles Herald Examiner

“Truly terrifying. . . . A book you’ll find hard to put down.” ZEssence

“Butler’s books are exceptional. . . . She is a realist, writing the most detailed social criticism and creating some of the most fascinating female characters in the genre . . . real women caught in impossible situations.” ZThe Village Voice

“Butler’s literary craftsmanship is superb.”—The Washington Post Book World

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