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ONE OF ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY'S TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR A NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENT . . . Russell shows herself to be a skillful storyteller who subtly and expertly builds suspense .--USA Today AN EXPERIENCE NOT TO BE MISSED . . . If you have to send a group of people to a newly discovered planet to contact a totally unkwn species, whom would you choose? How about four Jesuit priests, a young astromer, a physician, her engineer husband, and a child prostitute-turned-computer-expert? That's who Mary Doria Russell sends in her new vel, The Sparrow. This motley combination of agstics, true believers, and misfits becomes the first to explore the Alpha Centuri world of Rakhat with both enlightening and disastrous results. . . . Vivid and engaging . . . An incredible vel .--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel POWERFUL . . . Father Emilio Sandoz [is] the only survivor of a Jesuit mission to the planet Rakhat, 'a soul . . . looking for God.' We first meet him in Italy . . . sullen and bitter. . . . But he was t always this way, as we learn through flashbacks that tell the story of the ill-fated trip. . . . The Sparrow tackles a difficult subject with grace and intelligence .--San Francisco Chronicle SMOOTH STORYTELLING AND GORGEOUS CHARACTERIZATION . . . Important vels leave deep cracks in our beliefs, our prejudices, and our blinders. The Sparrow is one of them .--Entertainment Weekly SELECTED BY THE BOOK-OF-THE-MONTH CLUB
Mary Doria Russell has been called one of the most versatile writers in contemporary American literature. Widely praised for her meticulous research, fine prose, and compelling narrative drive, she is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of The Sparrow, Children of God, A Thread of Grace, Dreamers of the Day, Doc, and Epitaph. Dr. Russell holds a Ph.D. in biological anthropology. She lives in Lyndhurst, Ohio.