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Octavia E. Butler



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By Octavia E. Butler | Foreword by Tomi Adeyemi | Beacon (2024)

“As you turn the pages of this novel and get lost in Dana’s story, allow yourself to relive the horrors of slavery…. Allow yourself to know the pain of our nation’s past.”—Tomi Adeyemi, New York Times bestseller and Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author, from the new foreword

This brand new package for young adults includes a redesigned interior for better readability, specially commissioned cover art by Carlos Fama and spot gloss on cover elements

“I lost an arm on my last trip home. My left arm.”

Dana, a 1970s Black woman, is celebrating her 26th birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned to save him. Dana is drawn back repeatedly through time to the slave quarters, and each time the stay grows longer, more arduous, and more dangerous until it is uncertain whether or not Dana’s life will end, long before it has a chance to begin.

This young-adult edition includes a new foreword by Tomi Adeyemi, New York Times bestseller and Hugo and Nebula award-winning author of fantasy titles Children of Blood and Bone and Children of Virtue and Vengeance. Adeyemi was also named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people and was named one of Forbes’s 30 Under 30 in Media.

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