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Summer Reading 2017: Parable of the Sower

Find the book you want to read this summer!

Jamieson wants to share this book with Urban because...

I think everyone should read this book! Parable of the Sower is a classic of the science fiction genre, with important parallels to our own time - but more than that, it's a deeply human story of empathy, power, and the struggle to create order in the midst of chaos. 

About the book

Parable of the Sower

by Octavia Butler

When unattended environmental and economic crises lead to social chaos, not even gated  communities are safe. In a night of fire and death Lauren Olamina, a minister's young  daughter, loses her family and home and ventures out into the unprotected American  landscape. But what begins as a flight for survival soon leads to something much more: a  startling vision of human destiny... and the birth of a new faith. 

Applicable categories for the Urban Read Harder Challenge:

Up late


For fans of

  • Science-fiction
  • Dystopian novels
  • The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • Quests

About the reader

Jamieson Bunn, Director of Annual Fund and Campaigns

This is the first title Jamieson has recommended for Urban Summer Reading