The Best of All Possible Worlds

The Best of All Possible Worlds

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By (author) Karen Lord

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  • Publisher: Del Rey Books
  • Format: Hardback | 307 pages
  • Dimensions: 157mm x 231mm x 33mm | 520g
  • Publication date: 12 February 2013
  • ISBN 10: 0345534050
  • ISBN 13: 9780345534057
  • Sales rank: 469,988

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NAMED 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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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.

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Advance praise for "The Best of All Possible Worlds" "This fascinating and thoughtful science fiction novel breaks out of the typical conflict-centered narrative paradigm to examine adaptation, social change, and human relationships. I've not read anything quite like it, which makes it that rare beast: a true original."--Kate Elliot, author of the Crown of Stars series and the Spiritwalker Trilogy "A unique experience that's equal parts Jane Austen and Ray Bradbury...satisfying."--BookPage "A vivid, detailed science fiction story with all the trappings of a quality romance, Lord's sophomore novel is not to be missed."--"Romantic Times" Praise for Karen Lord's "Redemption in Indigo" "Filled with witty asides, trickster spiders, poets and one very wise woman, "Redemption in Indigo" is a rare find that you could hand to your child, your mother or your best friend."--"The Washington Post" "A clever, exuberant mix of Caribbean and Senegalese influences that balances riotously funny set pieces (many involving talking insects) with serious drama initiated by meddlesome supernatural beings."--"The New York Times" "One of those literary works of which it can be said that not a word should be changed."--"Booklist" (starred review) "Full of sharp insights and humorous asides . . . "Redemption" extends the Caribbean island storyteller's art into the twenty-first century and, hopefully, beyond."--"The Seattle Times"