Black Wine by Candas Jane Dorsey

By Candas Jane Dorsey

An acclaimed poet and short-story author in her local Canada, Dorsey is nearly unknown within the States. that are supposed to switch with the ebook of this novel, her first. The narrative braids the lives of 3 ladies who're associated through their self sufficient spirits in addition to via blood. One is "the waif," a tender slave whose unusual desires and troubling half-memories trace at a previous she can't bear in mind. whilst the waif is bought as a concubine to a prince within the far-off northern Land of the darkish Isles, she starts off a trip that may lead her to the key of her prior in addition to to her destiny.

Weaving the waif's story with that of Essa, an adventurous younger lady made up our minds to discover her mom, and the magazine entries of a girl escaping a husband she neither loves nor desires, Dorsey creates a fancy and human tale approximately freedom, love and the necessity to hold one's personal identification. The fable surroundings is stark, an international the place the main brutal occasions are taken care of with chilly matter-of-factness, yet Dorsey's writing is robust, even unflinching. those that benefit from the paintings of such well known feminist speculative fiction writers as Joanna Russ and Ursula ok. Le Guin will locate a lot to recognize here.

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If I had been sick before, dumping in the slush-cold water and the subsequent run up the mountain path had pushed me somewhere much further. Going down the mountain was much slower, and we leaned on each other and rested often. I coughed if I had to breathe deeply. She was scraped and the scratched from the street-fighting battle she'd just had, and my hands left dirty blood-prints on her jacket. We were quite a pair. At the bottom, in our solitary our linked-together night bags and camp, we crawled into I slept almost instantly.

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