Waiting of Wednesday–Cards of Grief by Jane Yolen

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Cards of Grief by Jane Yolen is finally available in digital, and it’s available now.  It has been out of print forever, and it’s  one of the best sci-fi novels I have ever read.  If you enjoy Sheri S Tepper or Octavia Butler, I think you would enjoy Cards of Grief, too.  I read this many, many years ago and I kept a copy of it, but I’m glad I can grab a digital copy now.  It’s just a lot easier for me to read eBooks than print books now, and I enjoy the reading experience better (which I never thought I would).

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Jane Yolen’s award-winning story about an alien civilization forever changed by the incursion of human social scientists and a mysterious ancient prophecy

The year is 2132 when members of the Anthropologist’s Guild set down on the planet Henderson’s IV, or L’Lal’lor as it is known to the native population. Charged with the nonintrusive study of alien cultures, the crew discovers a society containing no love or laughter. It is, instead, centered around death—a world of aristocratic and common folk in which grieving is an art and the cornerstone of life. But the alien civilization stands on the brink of astonishing change, heralded by the discovery of Linni, the Gray Wanderer, a young woman from the countryside whose arrival has been foretold for centuries. And for Anthropologist First Class Aaron Spenser, L’Lal’lor is a place of destructive temptations, seducing him with its mysterious, sad beauty, and leading him into an unthinkable criminal act.

Told from the shifting viewpoints of characters both alien and human, and through records of local lore and transcripts of court martial proceedings, Cards of Grief is a thoughtful, lyrical, and spellbinding tale of first contact. It is a true masterwork of world building from Jane Yolen, a premier crafter of speculative fiction and fantasy.


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