Author: Katherine V. Forrest
Series: First in a trilogy. As far as I can tell the trilogy doesn't have its own name.
Genre: GLBT, sci fi, feminist.
Setting: Earth and other planets in the 2100's.
Reason for Reading: It won the Lambda award and it was sitting on a table at the library. Good combination.
Copyright Date: 1984
Cover: A woodcutting of the face of a woman. Her eyes are colored with coral, as is the landscape behind her.
First line: "The idea to smuggle Mother off Verna III came to Father when Jed Peterman fell down a hill of keteraw and proceeded to smother in a pile of mutherac, managing to do this in spite of all his training and thorough briefings on the planet's topography."
Best part: Parts of it were very, very funny.
Worst part: I felt the author made things a little too easy on herself with the book's central conflict.
Imaginary Theme Song: "Testimony" by Holly Near
Grade: C+ - I think it's a great piece for the time, but it does show its age.
Recommended for: You mean I'm the only one that tries to read every book that wins the Lambda sci fi award? Actually, I think anyone interested in feminist sci fi would find this book interesting.
Related Reads: The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula LeGuin, Kirith Kirin by Jim Grimsley (a later winner of the same award), Ammonite by Niccola Griffith.