Synopses & Reviews
Ansul was once a peaceful town filled with libraries, schools, and temples. But that was long ago, and the conquerors of this coastal city consider reading and writing to be acts punishable by death. And they believe the Oracle House, where the last few undestroyed books are hidden, is seething with demons. But to seventeen-year-old Memer, the house is the only place where she feels truly safe.
Then an Uplands poet named Orrec and his wife, Gry, arrive, and everything in Memer's life begins to change. Will she and the people of Ansul at last be brave enough to rebel against their oppressors?
"[E]xciting, well written, and contains elements of intrigue, betrayal, and loyalty." Children's Literature
"Teens might find this novel rough going, because the story moves at a slow pace and focuses on the details of everyday life. Nevertheless fans of Le Guin's work and especially of Gifts will welcome this companion novel." VOYA
"Le Guin's superior narrative voice and storytelling power make even small moments ring with truth, and often with beauty." School Library Journal
"[T]he novel's world-building is thorough enough not to bludgeon readers with allegory." Kirkus Reviews
A powerful companion to the celebrated Gifts
About the Author
Ursula K. Le Guin was born in Berkeley, California, in 1929. Over the course of her career she has published more than sixty books of fiction, fantasy, science fiction, childrenandrsquo;s literature, poetry, drama, criticism, and translation, and is the multiple winner of the highest awards in several fields. Among her honors are a National Book Award, a PEN/Malamud Award for short fiction, five Hugo and five Nebula Awards, twenty-one Locus Awards, the Kafka Award, a Pushcart Prize, the Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the National Book Foundationandrsquo;s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband.