Octavia E. Butler
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A relatively quick read, this time travel story is more historical fiction than science fiction.

A groundbreaking book for the author and the times, it is filled with symbolism and morality.

This story has a strong female character with flaws and growth.

I found the ending a bit muddled. We never find out if the main character has changed history.

I often write book reviews by writing several statements about the story and shuffling them into the right order. With this tale, the statements don't really fall into line, and perhaps that is the best review of this book. It is groundbreaking but not great, important but not awesome, and in the end, worth reading. For me this was the last of a challenge to read one book from each year of the 70s, in order. Of those 10, only The Dispossessed was better.