Sheri S. Tepper's recent novels have established her as one of the best science fiction writers to emerge in the 1980s. Now, with Beauty, she has taken another giant stride forward to produce a novel as brilliant as it is unclassifiable. It is unlike any fantasy you have ever read.
Drawing on a wellspring of much-loved fairy tales, Beauty is a powerful and moving novel of love and loss, hope and despair, magic and nature. Opening in 14th century England, it introduces Beauty, a girl who from birth has possessed a special quality. Even when her wicked aunt's curse is fulfilled on her sixteenth birthday, Beauty is able to sidestep her tragedy, and in an extraordinary turn of events finds herself transported to the world of the future -- a savage society where, even among the teeming billions, she is utterly alone. Here her adventures begin, as she travels magically through time to visit places both imaginary and real, eventually coming to understand her special place in humanity's destiny.
Beauty is a potent and unforgettable blend of fable, fantasy, myth and speculation, as captivating as it is uncompromising. It is one of those rare novels which is destined to carve its own unique place in the hearts and minds of readers.
Condition: Pre-loved book. Minor yellowing of pages. Otherwise in good condition.
Year published: 1992
Sub-genre: Fairy tale retelling; fantasy
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