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    DescriptionNAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY "BUZZFEED" Karen Lord's debut novel, the multiple-award-winning "Redemption in Indigo, " announced the appearance of a major new talent--a strong, brilliantly innovative voice fusing Caribbean storytelling traditions and speculative fiction with subversive wit and incisive intellect. Compared by critics to such heavyweights as Nalo Hopkinson, China Mieville, and Ursula K. Le Guin, Lord does indeed belong in such select company--yet, like them, she boldly blazes her own trail. Now Lord returns with a second novel that exceeds the promise of her first. "The Best of All Possible Worlds "is a stunning science fiction epic that is also a beautifully wrought, deeply moving love story. A proud and reserved alien society finds its homeland destroyed in an unprovoked act of aggression, and the survivors have no choice but to reach out to the indigenous humanoids of their adopted world, to whom they are distantly related. They wish to preserve their cherished way of life but come to discover that in order to preserve their culture, they may have to change it forever. Now a man and a woman from these two clashing societies must work together to save this vanishing race--and end up uncovering ancient mysteries with far-reaching ramifications. As their mission hangs in the balance, this unlikely team--one cool and cerebral, the other fiery and impulsive--just may find in each other their own destinies . . . and a force that transcends all. Praise for "The Best of All Possible Worlds" " " "An engrossing picaresque quest, a love story, and a moving character study . . . [Karen] Lord is on a par with Ursula K. Le Guin."--"The Guardian" " " "[A] fascinating and thoughtful science fiction novel that examines] adaptation, social change, and human relationships. I've not read anything quite like it, which makes it that rare beast: a true original."--Kate Elliott, author of the Crown of Stars series and The Spiritwalker Trilogy "Reads like smooth jazz comfort food, deceptively familiar and easy going down, but subtly subversive . . . [puts] me in mind of Junot Diaz's brilliant novel "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.""--Nalo Hopkinson, "Los Angeles Review of Books" "If you want to see science fiction doing something new and fascinating . . . then you shouldn't sleep on "The Best of All Possible Worlds."""--io9" " " "Rewarding science fiction for emotional grown-ups.""--Mysterious Galaxy" " " "[A] marvelously formed universe.""--The A.V. Club" " " "A rewarding, touching and often funny exploration of the forms and functions of human culture."--"SFX" ""The Best of All Possible Worlds" . . . poses an interesting question: What parts of you do you fight to preserve when everything you know suddenly changes?"--Associated Press


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    Title
    The Best of All Possible Worlds
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Karen Lord
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 307
    Width: 157 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 33 mm
    Weight: 520 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780345534057
    ISBN 10: 0345534050
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    BIC E4L: SCI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F2.2
    B&T Book Type: FI
    DC22: FIC
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11110
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 813.6
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 78
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 80
    DC22: 813/.6
    Ingram Subject Code: FS
    LC subject heading:
    Libri: I-FS
    LC subject heading:
    B&T General Subject: 720
    BIC subject category V2: FLS
    B&T Approval Code: A23440000
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 81
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A25975000
    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000, FIC028030, FIC039000
    LC classification: PR9230.9.L67 B47 2013
    Publisher
    Del Rey Books
    Imprint name
    Del Rey Books
    Publication date
    12 February 2013
    Author Information
    Karen Lord has been a physics teacher, a diplomat, a part-time soldier, and an academic at various times and in various countries. She is now a writer and research consultant in Barbados. Her debut novel, "Redemption in Indigo, " won the Frank Collymore Literary Award, the William L. Crawford Award, and the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature, and was nominated for the 2011 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel.
    Review quote
    "An engrossing picaresque quest, a love story, and a moving character study . . . [Karen] Lord is on a par with Ursula K. Le Guin."--"The Guardian" " " "[A] fascinating and thoughtful science fiction novel that examines] adaptation, social change, and human relationships. I've not read anything quite like it, which makes it that rare beast: a true original."--Kate Elliott, author of the Crown of Stars series and The Spiritwalker Trilogy "Reads like smooth jazz comfort food, deceptively familiar and easy going down, but subtly subversive . . . [puts] me in mind of Junot Diaz's brilliant novel "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao"."--Nalo Hopkinson, "Los Angeles Review of Books" "If you want to see science fiction doing something new and fascinating . . . then you shouldn't sleep on "The Best of All Possible Worlds".""--io9" " " "Rewarding science fiction for emotional grown-ups.""--Mysterious Galaxy" " " "[A] marvelously formed universe.""--The A.V. Club" "A rewarding, touching and often funny exploration of the forms and functions of human culture."--"SFX" ""The Best of All Possible Worlds" . . . poses an interesting question: What parts of you do you fight to preserve when everything you know suddenly changes?"--Associated Press