This month we will be diving into Octavia Butler's dystopian classic, The Parable of the Sower. First published in 1993, The Parable of the Sower sees the world of the 2020s in a state of chaos...so for a while I thought this book (originally our book club pick for March of this year) was too heavy for the present moment. But every month, as I think about what we will read together, I keep coming back to Butler and to this book. Butler's message with The Parable of the Sower is ultimately one of hope. This is an extraordinarily prescient work of fiction that both foretells of hard times to come and reminds us of the ultimate power of humanity, connectivity, and empathy. It is never an easy journey but it was always about what we learn from the struggle anyway.
Note, The Parable of the Sower does have a sequel - The Parable of the Talents. We will only be discussing the first book at the meeting, but I wanted to make sure everyone was aware of the second book.
This acclaimed post-apocalyptic novel of hope and terror from an award-winning author "pairs well with 1984 or The Handmaid's Tale" and includes a foreword by N. K. Jemisin (John Green, New York Times).
Originally published in 1998, this shockingly prescient novel's timely message of hope and resistance in the face of fanaticism is more relevant than ever.