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Gibbon's Decline and Fall

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From the author of Grass and Shadow's End, an astonishing science fiction novel featuring a group of women racing to avert apocalypse at the turn of the millennium. Fast forward to the year 2000: a ruthless politician is amassing a terrifying, fanatic power base; the suicide rate has gone through the roof... and the global birthrate has plummeted to near zero. Something evil is threatening the world. Of the seven extraordinary women forming the Decline and Fall Club, six remain. The seventh, Sophy, disappeared three years before, her dazzling, unearthly beauty undiminished. Her friends come to see that unlocking the secret of Sophy's disappearance will be the key to the survival of humanity.
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About the Author

Sheri Tepper was born in Colorado. She worked for many years for non-profit-making organizations and was a writer of children's fiction. She sold her first adult novel in 1982 and has written many highly acclaimed science fiction and fantasy novels since then. She has also written crime and horror. She now lives in New Mexico.


In this latest by the best-selling author of Shadow's End (LJ 11/15/94), six women who have been friends since college hold the key to saving the world.

`The Women's Room invaded by Big Brother. A provocative, devastating, enthralling consciousness raiser'Kirkus Reviews `Visceral and arresting. Curl up with it'FT `Opening as near-future realism, the novel metamorphoses into a mythical telling of the struggle between those who desire domination and the forces of balance and harmony. It entwines Native American folk legends with modern science fiction in a well told story of female anger'New Scientist `Tepper can be characterized as a quirkily feminist writer... this fable of ethics, feminism and transcendence employs an intriguing concept involving an alternate branching of the evolutionary tree... As always, Tepper creates excellent female characters transported by a swiftly flowing plot'PW `Tepper never forgets to give the reader a gripping story on which to hang the serious concerns that lie at the root of her books... It's the breadth of it all, and how it all interrelates, that proves so absorbing... she shows how taking responsibility for one's own life and actions can become a kind of butterfly effect'Fantasy and Science Fiction

Tepper (Shadow's End) ) can be characterized as a quirkily feminist writer whose novels often question whether humanity might be better off with a smaller, more docile male population. This theme, combined with the author's ambivalence about Catholicism, informs this fable of ethics, feminism and transcendence, which employs an intriguing concept involving an alternate branching of the evolutionary tree. Carolyn Crespin comes from a stultifying family that believes women should be seen and not heard. When she escapes to college in the early 1960s, she helps form the Decline and Fall Club, comprised of herself and six other women (including a devout nun, a radical lesbian artist and a brilliant scientist). They band together to protect one of their members, an exotic beauty named Sova, from unwanted male attention. During a 40-year gap in the narrative, conservatism and misogyny increase, a focused evil grows and Sova mysteriously disappears. The tale resumes at the dawning of the Millennium, when terrorist bag ladies are on the rise and sexual desire is on the wane. Now, Carolyn and her friends must defeat an embodiment of violence and ultra-patriarchal masculinity or see women reduced to the level of walking wombs. As always, Tepper creates excellent female characters transported by a swiftly flowing plot. Her proposed solutions for the world's problems, however, may leave male readers wondering why they should settle for being little more than ambulatory sperm banks. (July)

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