I finished Sarah Canary by Karen Joy Fowler. A stunning book about a strange woman who can't speak or understand spoken language who was found near a Chinese workers camp in Washington Territory in 1873. It's either a historical novel or first contact SF, depending on how you read it - it works well both as SF and mainstream. It's about perceptions, prejudices, gender and so much more. It's a depressing story and all main characters are outsiders struggling with life, but Fowler's elegant wit successfully lightens the mood when necessary.
It's almost hard to believe that it is Fowler's debut novel - it's so well written and technically superb. Of course, Fowler was one of the top short story writers in SFF for years before this was published. Still, it's remarkably coherent and skilfully paced for a first novel. Highly recommended.
Edited by David Selig, 01 October 2013 - 06:39 AM.