The bizarre events that have been occuring across the United States -- unexplained "oddities" tracked by Air Defense, mysterious disappearances, shocking deaths -- seem to have no bearing on Benita Alvarez-Shipton's life. That is, until the soft-spoken thirty-six-year-old bookstore manager is approached by a pair of aliens asking her to transmit their message of peace to t...more
This one features none of Tepper’ ...more
The Publisher Says: The bizarre events that have been occuring across the United States seem to have no bearing on Benita Alvarez-Shipton's life. That is until she is approached by a pair of aliens asking her to transmit their messsage of peace to the Powers That Be in Washington.
Her obligation does not end once the message is delivered, however, for the Pistach have offered their human hosts a spectacular opportunity for knowledge and enrichment, with Benita as sole liasion be ...more
The book begins with an abused latina wife of ...more
Authors, when you manage to annoy me by preaching politics I generally agree with, there's something wrong.
Minus stars for ideological mud-slinging, but plus for fascinating worldb ...more
If Ms. Tepper and I were to have a chat over coffee, I'd imagine we'd agree on almost everything. However, I don't need to be whacked over the head repeatedly with the political views of this book. I get it already! In short, this book gave me a concussion.
The core idea of the book really resonated ...more
I like the fact that this writer has issues to address, and she has always been one of my favourite feminist authors and I appreciate her environmental stance. However, in recent years she has abandoned subtlety or balance to lead us around by the nose, as well as here espousing the dubious stance that the end justifies the means - or perhaps it is simply that it is perfectly fine to meddle with other cultures in underhanded and mendacious ways if it for their ...more
My friend, Kay, gave such a marvelous review that I knew I had to read it. I highly recommend it!
It has everything. Aliens, other planets, other points of view. The main character is female, Benita, who finds herself in a bad, abusive marriage. She is looking to get out and not be found.
What finds her is new opportuniti ...more
The benign aliens apply such crash-course measures as removing Jerusalem from the planet & putting it into safekeeping -- like it's a toy that all the diffe ...more
Since starting to work my way through patches of her oeuvre, I've become accustomed to the various quirks of the author, her pet environmental and feminist concerns, her tendency to recycle various plot elements in novel after novel, and her sometimes aggravating insistence that the plot is secondary to a character lecturing me about how we can live without technology. I've been taking this all in stride because while she seems to want me to fi ...more
It's not that I reject the picture of our wrongs that she paints out of hand. I assent to the idea that we life in a patriarchy, an oppression of women that varies from place to place ...more
The Fresco is, at heart, a satire of manners between two incredibly high-handed (th ...more
From there things take off as Benita finds h ...more
To me, the focal point in this book was of course, the Fresco itself. Many good issues are touched on/addressed, and the Fresco was used as a metaphor for ...more
Ha. This deserves four stars just for the people it riles up (including me at one point--yes the Right is the target for most of what's going on here, but Tepper has layered in a few triggers for constituencies on the Left too). I imagine it must have been wonderfully cathartic to write (I suspect if she were still with us, we would be getting a sequel around now).
It's obviously a satire (one might have thought names ...more
Born near Littleton, Colorado, for most of her career (1962-1986) she worked for Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood, where she eventually became Executive Director. She has two children and is married to G ...more