By: Candas Jane Dorsey
Length: 388 pages
Release date: Jul 6, 2008
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Winner of the James Tiptree, Jr. Award, Crawford Award, and Prix Aurora Award.
An old woman hangs in a cage; a young woman slaves on a rich lord's estate. How does a woman discover and assert her identity in a primeval, barbaric world? From slave dense to merchant cities to isolated mountains, Candas Jane Dorsey's novel is a powerful exploration of gender, identity, and freedom.
"Fantasy or a remote future, it doesn't really matter: the careful braiding of self, places, and times insidiously pulls you in, up to the point where you realize you don't know anything anymore, and then on the other side, you suddenly see the story, the words, and even the genres, more completely: inside out. That's Candas Jane Dorsey's rare gift as a writer. She makes you wiser, and never cheats." -Elisabeth Vonarburg
"In terms of technique alone, Black Wine is one of the most sophisticated literary SF novels of the year....Black Wine lives in its passionate prose and startling imagery....A rewarding and moving novel." –Locus
"As brilliant as William Gibson, as complex as Gene Wolfe, with a humanity and passion all her own. Candas Jane Dorsey isn't just a comer, she's a winner." -Ursula K. Le Guin
"Dorsey's writing is unflinching and powerful, weaving a complex story about personal freedom and individuality. Fans of Joanna Russ and Ursula K. Le Guin, in particular, will find much to admire here." - Middlesex News (Framingham, Mass.)
"Like its title, Black Wine is rare and darkly glowing with iridescence. A taut, spare, wonderful creation, it is justly deserving of consideration for the awards for which it will certainly be nominated." -The Edmonton Journal