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240 pages, Paperback
First published September 1, 2000
“Take pride in your pain," her mother had always told her. "You are stronger than those who have none.”Her society is cruel, stupid and evil. Women are little more than breeding stock and homemakers - A far cry from the orderly yet emotionless one we saw in the first book.
But it made her smile, to see it, to see how the pen formed the shapes and the shapes told a story of a name.Kira is on the cusp of losing her home and everything she's ever known. When she performed a vigil over her mother's body...the village women hatch a plan toseize newly orphaned Kira's land and build a pen for the toddlers.
“But to use the knowledge of the threading, you must learn the making of the shades. When to sadden with the iron pot. How to bloom the colors. How to bleed.”Any questions?