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Product Details

  • Series: Outspoken Authors (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: PM Press (May 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604860758
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604860757
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #274,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Eleanor Arnason's wise and engaging stories make you question the things you take for granted. How we love, how we fight, how we live."   —Maureen McHugh, author, Mothers and Other Monsters

"A veteran writer of feminist SF, Arnason here creates an alternate history in which woolly mammoths coexist with Native American tribes well into modern times."  —The Seattle Times

"Eleanor Arnason . . . . [has] that quality which first drew me to science fiction, and that which continues to draws me back to science fiction above all other forms of literature: the ability to imagine the world in some other way."  —Strange Horizons

About the Author

Eleanor Arnason has been short-listed for the Nebula and Hugo awards and is the author of Ring of Swords and Woman of the Iron People, the latter of which was awarded the first James Tiptree Jr. Award. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eleanor Skinner on July 8, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is part of a series called Outspoken Authors put out by PM Press. All of them include the title novella, a novella-length piece, and an interview with the author. Although the price of this edition is a little high for what is basically a novella and a political essay, it's an extremely good novella, and interestingly-written politics and history..

Emma, the narratrix, is a young woman of African, Lakota, and Ojibwa descent living in post-climate change Minnesota with her parents. Every year she visits her grandmother in Fort Yates, and her grandmother tells her stories of the mammoths, and of her own grandmother: Rosa Red Mammoth, who went by her Euramerican last name, Stevens. Rosa and the grandmother are the women who saved the mammoths.

The grandmother tells the story of the mammoths, the Lakota stories about the mammoths, and the story of Rosa and her descendants, down to the grandmother herself. Rosa, a Native American educated at a white college, travels to Siberia to collaborate with the Nobel-winning scientist Sergei Ivanoff on the eve of the Russian Revolution, and later returns to work with the last surviving American mammoth herd. Rosa's long and extraordinary life is at first dedicated to saving the mammoths, then to bringing them back from extinction. Towards the end of her life, Rosa takes her granddaughter - Emma's grandmother - under her wing and her protegé inherits her mammoth samples.

This doesn't necessarily sound very interesting, and I tend to hate nested stories, but the writing is very good without drawing attention to itself and pulls you right along as if it were your own grandmother telling stories about your interesting relatives.
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