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June 26, 2007


In the more "traditional" fantasy arena, I think Laurie Marks (Fire Logic, Earth Logic and Water Logic)is doing an amazing job. She writes about cooks and farmers and soldiers who are having a significant impact on their world.

I absolutely agree with you. And I love those books.

Class is an issue, here in the States, that no one wants to much talk about, nor admit the limitations some have over others, to make money. I have a friend who is white, male, an ex jock, and has rich friends, and he doesn't see that he had four things going for him, than those who he accusing of not pulling themselves up by their boot straps, don't have. And yes, very happy that De Lint touch on these issues in his work.


Stu Jenks, who comes from a long line of rich Southerners who lost their money after WW2

I can think of a lot of novels by non-white authors that deal with class issues (in addition to race issues), and fewer by white authors, though maybe I'm just reading the wrong authors? I come from a Mexican-American family in the lower working class income bracket. I read Dorothy Allison's books some years ago and they really affected me, made me think about the ways our class backgrounds made our childhoods similar and the ways our racial backgrounds made them very different at the same time.

Speaking of Mexican-American writers, Luis Alberto Urrea writes very well about class. I'm thinking of his realist novel In Search of Snow in particular, regarding issues of class in America, but also his magical realist novel The Hummingbird's Daughter, regarding issues of class in historical Mexico. And his nonfiction and poetry often concerns this issue too. (With thanks to Endicott for first introducing me to Urrea's books.)

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