"Parable of the Sower" is a futuristic tale (though only by a few decades) of the U.S. in environmental, social and political decline and growing Christian extremism, narrated by Lauren Olamina, a young Black woman who suffers from hyperempathy, a psychological condition that makes the "sharer" experience the pain and pleasure others feel. And yet she is one of the lucky ones: her childhood has been mostly spared of the grief and torture felt by the uneducated, homeless and drug-dependent, but their numbers are only growing each year.
I never expected a science-fiction novel to become my number one, or be the book I turned to whenever someone asked me for a recommendation. Yet somehow it did, unexpected but not unwelcomed. I first read this book years and years ago when I was a junior in high school, taking a women's literature class as an elective, having arbitrarily picked this unknown story for a report. Now it is seven-plus years later and I have never moved, whether to a next city, state, or country, without it. It's both my favorite book and the book I wish everyone would read...
Each of us,
Do the impossible
As long as we can convince ourselves
That it has been done before.
-Earthseed, "Parable of the Sower"
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