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Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel 1992, Mythopoeic Fantasy Award nominee 1992.
Drawing on the wellspring of much-loved, well remembered fairy tales, Tepper delivers a thought provoking and finely crafted novel that thoroughly involves the reader in the life of one of the most captivating heroines in modern fantasy - Beauty.
On her sixteenth birthday Beauty is
seemingly able to sidestep her aunt's curse. Instead she is transported
to the future. Here begin her adventures as she travels magically back
and forth in time to visit places both imaginary and real. Finally she
comes to understand what has been her special gift to humanity all
For in Beauty, there is beauty. And in beauty, magic. Without our enchanted places, humanity is no more than an upstart ape. And this, we realize, is why Beauty must be saved, both in the fantastical world of Tepper's novel and in the actual world in which we live.