Always Coming Home

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Price
$24.99  $23.24
Publisher
Harper Perennial
Publish Date
Pages
640
Dimensions
5.2 X 7.9 X 1.6 inches | 1.02 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780358726920

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About the Author

Ursula Kroeber Le Guin (1929-2018) was a celebrated author whose body of work includes 23 novels, 12 volumes of short stories, 11 volumes of poetry, 13 children's books, five essay collections, and four works of translation. The breadth and imagination of her work earned her six Nebula Awards, seven Hugo Awards, and SFWA's Grand Master, along with the PEN/Malamud and many other award. In 2014 she was awarded the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, and in 2016 joined the short list of authors to be published in their lifetimes by the Library of America.

Shruti Swamy is the author of the story collection A House Is a Body, which was a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize and the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, and was longlisted for the Story Prize. Her work has been published by the Paris Review and McSweeney's and anthologized in the O. Henry Prize Stories. Her debut novel, The Archer, was published by Algonquin Books in September 2021 and has been longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. She lives in San Francisco.

Reviews

"A gift to the reader, a gentle and wise book that is her most personal, her most daring, probably her best yet." -- St. Louis Post Dispatch

"Some stories are timeless, and can be located anywhere on earth, without the content being altered. Ursula Le Guin's enthralling new book is one of those." -- Minneapolis Star and Tribune

"One of Le Guin's most fascinating and underrated works: a sprawling exploration of a fictional people known as the Kesh, who lived in northern California hundreds of years in the future. . . . A novel, a scrapbook and an imaginary anthropological study in one . . . crammed with maps, stories, songs, recipes, poetry, charts and language guides." -- The Guardian

"May be Le Guin's finest achievement."
-- Newsday

"With high invention and deep intelligence, Always Coming Home presents, in alternating narratives, poems and expositions, Ursula K. Le Guin's most consistently lyric and luminous book in a career adorned with some of the most precise and passionate prose in the service of a major imaginative vision." -- New York Times

"The effect it has on the reader is hypnotic. . . . Le Guin has chosen a most original way to reveal this imagined land." -- People

"An appealing book as well as a masterly one. . . . The future world she has created here is awesomely complex." -- Newsweek

"This may be her masterpiece, a collage of documents and artifacts tracing the history of a future agrarian society that has grown out of the ruins of the industrialized past."
-- Alta: Journal of Alta California

"One of [Le Guin's] most radical novels. . . . Always Coming Home is a study in what a complete and utter rejection of capitalism and patriarchy might look like--for society and for the art of storytelling." -- The Millions

"Always Coming Home is an act of discovery. . . . Everything Le Guin does is interesting, believable, and exquisitely detailed." -- Los Angeles Herald Examiner

"Envisioning a possible future (and attacking present folly), Le Guin reinvents a "primitive" past. . . . Dancing their oneness with nature, valuing cooperation over competition, the Kesh survive contact with the hieratic, war-making, death-dealing Condors, who are a lot like us. If it's hard to believe in a people who use computers and electricity but plow with oxen and see wealth as giving, that's part of the point." -- Library Journal