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  • Still relevant, still visionary

    This book inspires hope while acknowledging the long hard work required for change in the world. It does all of that while being an engaging story! I just reread it in anticipation of its new sequel, City of Refuge. I can't wait to get my hands on a copy.

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  • Beautiful

    Starhawk's book is a breathtaking blend of dystopia and utopia. She creates an America that is frighteningly real when corporations take over and the land is ruined, water is scarce and air is polluted. It is in this world that she gives us hope; a group who fought against the corporate take-over create a utopia in San Francisco where everyone of all walks of life and religion are welcome. The most powerful aspect of this book is the way Starhawk can frighten you and build suspense and then turn the tables and show you beauty, sexuality, and love. This book changed my life in a lot ways. I can't recommend it enough.

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  • for 1993, it might better reflect the 21st century

    That was the real gift, the true grace; not death, but love, the fifth sacred thing" This a story of dichotomies: plenty, want; power, peace; understanding, anger....and love in all its forms. The Greenway line is at its heart, rooted in 98 year old Maya, still strong in beliefs and spirit. She has collected along the way, lovers, friends, grandchildren, and the spirits of the ancestors. This book focuses on her two grandchildren: Madrone: the healer and Bird: the singer, and how they helped save the North from being invaded by the Southern tyrants, who deal in power over everything, including life giving water. The North is run collectively: no one is hungry, poor or alone. The South is tyrannical in its outreach and assumed power and if you don't like it, you are basically dead, or wished you were. Into this contradiction come a powerful healer who speaks, and heals and "catches babies"; it is Madrone's calling, her power. And then there is Bird,who helped others stop an invasion of the North 10 plus years before, and was imprisoned for it until he ran away back home. Can they lead as their ancestors did/still do? Or is life itself too broken to be healed? Written in 1993, this is the first book of fiction Starhawk wrote. It is magical, spiritual and very political. It was groundbreaking in many ways over the 2 dystopian novels it has been compared to: "Brave New World" and "Handmaiden's Tale" and in this, the summer of Covid-19, it deserves another visit. Highly Recommended 5/5

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