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Self-educated and brown-skinned, Cassie works full time in her grandmother’s laundry in rural Mississippi. Illiterate and white, Judith falls for “colored music” and dreams of life as a big city radio star. These teenaged girls are half-sisters. And when they catch wind of their wayward father’s inheritance coming down in Virginia, they hitch their hopes to a road trip together to claim what’s rightly theirs.
In a dark future universe, where human technology has not significantly halted human violence, scientists roam a distant star system selling an opium-like drug, and plans are made to fuse human DNA with a lifeform called the Grub in hopes of finally erasing humankind’s most violent tendencies.
“There are only three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.” Somerset Maugham
Suzanne Feldman graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 1981 and received a Masters in Creative Writing from Johns Hopkins University in 2004. Her three science fiction novels, Speaking Dreams (1992), Hand of Prophecy (1998), and The Annunciate (1999) She received a Nebula Award in 2001 for her short fiction and the Editors Prize for fiction in 2005 at The Missouri Review. She has had stories published in Narrative Magazine, including The Lapedo Child which was selected as one of the year’s best (2013). Her short story collection, The Cure For Everything was awarded the International Rubery Prize for fiction, 2014. Her novel Absalom’s Daughters (Holt, 2016) received a starred review in Kirkus. Her short story The Witch Bottle (Gargoyle Magazine 2016) was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She was a Walter Dakin Fellow at the Sewanee Writers Conference in 2019. Her latest novel, Sister of the Great War, (Mira/HarperCollins, 2021)has been nominated for a Lambda Literary Award. In 2022 she was awarded a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, and won The Washington Writers’ Publishing House Fiction Prize for her short story collection, The Witch Bottle (forthcoming 2022).
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