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CARDS OF GRIEF: Buried Treasure Not to Miss
Reviewed in the United States on April 11, 2015
This novel, originally published in 1984, may now be out of print in hard copy. If so, the Kindle Edition is a real gift to those of us who love truly thoughtful, well-composed Science Fiction. Of the "first contact" sub-genre, it transcends all genres in the depth and beauty of its portrayals of human beings and how they are bound by the ways that customs and traditions compel them to see themselves and others. The author's voice is both simple and poetic. Just after I had re-read CARDS OF GRIEF on my Kindle, I happened upon my first edition of THE LEFT HAND OF DARKNESS, by Ursula K. LeGuin, the finest of all "first contact" novels. CARDS OF GRIEF does not suffer by comparison--the very highest compliment I can pay to Yolen's mastery. Having encountered both novels when I was a young woman, I especially recommend CARDS OF GRIEF to older readers--though Yolen was much younger when she wrote it, she touched depths that many of us don't appreciate until we are well past middle age. CARDS OF GRIEF is a treasure to be read and re-read. If you want depth and beauty as well as a good story, don't miss it.