I loved this book and could not shut up about it at work. Every morning everyone had to hear all about it. I find used copies in bookstores and give them to friends. It's soooo delicious. The characters are well developed and wonderful. The story kept me flipping pages late at night. Although it's not a particulaly "happy" story, it's a celebration of women and I highly recomend it. Plus it's got cool aliens and secrets and other fun things.
One of the best books I ever read. This book happens in a future where women are property and earth is negotiating with aliens for technology and other goods. The women of certain families are able to absorb alien languages as babies and children and then use their skills in these negotiations when older. Unforgettable characters, intriquiging situations and most of all the richness of the womens spirit and strength (and secrets) had me flipping pages and talking about this book every day at work. I couldn't shut up about this book. Thank goodness there are 2 sequels, The Judas Rose and Earthsong.
One of my favorite books ever.
Suzette Haden Elgin takes a look at the war between the sexes in this science fiction/alternate history story. What if women lost their rights? What if our society had to use these women to communicate with alien races? An interestingly bleak and somewhat feminist look at the differences between men and women: the first book in the Native Tongue trilogy.
This is one of the best books I've ever read. I highly recommend it. It was a page turner from the beginning. It's got aliens and cool situations but mainly is about the spirit of the women and how they secretly work to better themselves and their lives.
Even though this book was written back in 1984, I think fans of feminist science fiction, such as that written by Sheri Tepper and Pamela Sargent, will enjoy it; it's pretty timely, I think.