The Four Profound Weaves
DescriptionTwo transgender elders must learn to weave from Death in order to defeat an evil ruler--in the debut full-length work set in R. B. Lemberg's award-winning queer fantasy Birdverse universe "The Four Profound Weaves is the anti-authoritarian, queer-mystical fairy tale we need right now." --Annalee Newitz, author of The Future of Another Timeline "A beautiful, heartfelt story of change, family, identity, and courage." --Library Journal, starred review The Surun' nomads do not speak of the master weaver, Benesret, who creates the cloth of bone for assassins in the Great Burri Desert. But aged Uiziya must find her aunt in order to learn the final weave, although the price for knowledge may be far too dear to pay. Among the Khana in the springflower city of Iyar, women travel in caravans to trade, while men remain in the inner quarter, as scholars. A nameless man struggles to embody Khana masculinity, after many years of performing the life of a woman, trader, wife, and grandmother. As his past catches up, the nameless man must choose between the life he dreamed of and Uiziya--while Uiziya must discover how to challenge the evil Ruler of Iyar, and to weave from deaths that matter. In this breathtaking debut set in R. B. Lemberg's beloved Birdverse, The Four Profound Weaves offers a timeless chronicle of claiming one's identity in a hostile world. About the Birdverse: The Birdverse is the creation of fantasy author R. B. Lemberg. It is a complex, culturally diverse world, with a range of LGBTQIA characters and different family configurations. Named after its deity, Bird, Birdverse shorter works have been nominated the Nebula, Hugo, Tiptree award, and Rhysling awards. The Four Profound Weaves is the first full-length work set in the Birdverse.
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"The Four Profound Weaves contains imagery that glows on the page." --Patricia McKillip, author of The Forgotten Beasts of Eld
[STARRED REVIEW] "DEBUT. Uiziya e Lali has waited 40 years for her aunt to teach her the last of the Four Profound Weaves: of wind, sand, song, and bone. But her aunt, Benesret, is a master weaver to assassins, and Surun' weavers have exiled her. In the city of Iyar, the Khana women are traders, traveling in caravans; the Khana men are scholars, living much of their lives cloistered. A nameless man arrives, trying to find his place in a body that finally fits him after decades living as woman, wife, and mother, looking for Benesret to firm up his place in the world. As he and Uiziya search for Benesret, looking for answers to their individual questions, they must come together to deal with the Collector, the evil Iyar ruler who hoards power and death. VERDICT Nebula-nominated Lemberg's first novella, set in their deeply queer "Birdverse" universe, presents a beautiful, heartfelt story of change, family, identity, and courage. Centering two older transgender protagonists in the midst of emotional and physical journeys highlights the deep, meaningful prose that Lemberg always brings to their stories."
"A complex and mystical journey toward friendship, family, and love." --Jewelle Gomez, author of The Gilda Stories
"R. B. Lemberg's lyrical skill, combined with unforgettable characters and the magic of the Birdverse makes a stunning fabric over which this story plays beautifully." --Fran Wilde, author of The Bone Universe
"Lyrical and unflinching." --Rivers Solomon, PEN America
"Go read this story, tell it to your friends, and help us get to that future that we so desperately need." --Trans Narrative
"Let this be your introduction to R.B.'s world of song carpets, deepnames, and deserts full of roving lovers." --Isaac R. Fellman, author of The Breath of the Sun
"I am staggered by the richness and intricacy of R. B. Lemberg's imagination. The Four Profound Weaves is an intense and emotional story of a journey of change, growth, and courage." --Kate Elliott, author of Court of Fives
"[The Four Profound Weaves is] both sweet and fierce, devastating and gentle in its truths." --M. Crane Hana, author of The Purist
"The Four Profound Weaves is a jewel-bright tile in [Lemberg's] ongoing mosaic.." --C. S. E. Cooney, author of Bone Swans, Stories
"It's fantastic alchemy on Lemberg's part, and their love and labor shines off the page." --Nino Cipri, author of Homesick
"A brilliantly profound and poignant quest, through haunting desert and intricate city and terrifying dungeon, that's truly about people and change."
--Scott H. Andrews, editor of Beneath Ceaseless Skies magazine
"The world of the Birdverse is intricate and spellbinding, the descriptions dazzle and the setting sings." --Bookends & Bagends
"5/5 stars. R. B. Lemberg's first foray into long-form fiction has left me breathless. The Four Profound Weaves is a love ballad sung straight into the hearts of those who most need to hear it." --Black Forest Basilisks
"5/5 stars. The prose is absolutely exquisite . . . It's probably safe to say this will be one of the highlights of 2020 for me and I most highly recommend it." --To Other Worlds