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All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation
Rebecca Traister
The Sparrow - Mary Doria Russell Its not a perfect first novel, but its a very very good one. Occasional awkwardnesses and pacing problems are minor flaws in a very original and thoughtful first contact tale. Many first contact novels have been written depicting our species first meeting with an alien civilization as a military and/or scientific challenge. In this novel first contact is made by a party sponsored by the Jesuit order, and becomes a test of faith and of understanding, a test that by any objective criterion the expedition fails quite horribly. And yet...