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Titre : SLOW RIVER
Éditeur : Ballantine Books ., New York
Date d'édition : 1995
Reliure : Hardcover
Etat de la jaquette : Dust Jacket Included
Edition : 1st Edition
Octavo, cloth-backed boards. First edition. "In this intense, near-future novel, heiress Lore Van de Oest is kidnapped and left for dead when her family refuses to pay her ransom. Taken in by a woman named Spanner, who makes her living as a thief on the Net, Lore abandons her well-to-do lifestyle, becomes Spanner's lover, and finds a job in a high-tech sewage disposal plant. Transformed by her experiences, she eventually returns to her family in order to uncover some of their more unsavory secrets." - Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-469. Winner of the 1996 Nebula award for best novel. Hartwell, 200 Significant SF Books by Women, 1984-2001. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. (#141792). N° de réf. du libraire 141792
Synopsis : Nicola Griffith, winner of the Tiptree Award and the Lambda Award for her widely acclaimed first novel Ammonite, now turns her attention closer to the present in Slow River, the dark and intensely involving story of a young woman's struggle for survival and independence on the gritty underside of a near-future Europe.
She awoke in an alley to the splash of rain. She was naked, a foot-long gash in her back was still bleeding, and her identity implant was gone. Lore Van de Oest was the daughter of one of the world's most powerful families...and now she was nobody.
Then out of the rain walked Spanner, an expert data pirate who took her in, cared for her wounds, and gave her the freedom to reinvent herself again and again. No one could find Lore if she didn't want to be found: not the police, not her family, and not the kidnappers who had left her in that alley to die. She had escaped...but she paid for her newfound freedom in crime, deception, and degradation--over and over again.
Lore had a choice: She could stay in the shadows, stay with Spanner...and risk losing herself forever. Or she could leave Spanner and find herself again by becoming someone else: stealing the identity implant of a dead woman, taking over her life, and inventing her future.
But to start again, Lore required Spanner's talents--Spanner, who needed her and hated her, and who always had a price. And even as Lore agreed to play Spanner's games one final time, she found that there was still the price of being a Van de Oest to be paid. Only by confronting her past, her family, and her own demons could Lore meld together who she had once been, who she had become, and the person she intended to be....
In Slow River, Nicola Griffith skillfully takes us deep into the mind and heart of her complex protagonist, where the past must be reconciled with the present if the future is ever to offer solid ground. Slow River poses a question we all hope never to need to answer: Who are you when you have nothing left?
Critique: The dark and intensely involving story of a young woman's struggle for survival and independence on the gritty underside of a near-future Europe, by the author of Ammonite, which won the Tiptree and Lambda Awards.
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