The Fresco by Sheri S. Tepper

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The bizarre events that have been occuring across the United States -- unexplained "oddities" tracked by Air Defense, mysterious disappearances, shocking deaths -- seem to have no bearing on Benita Alvarez-Shipton's life. That is, until the soft-spoken thirty-six-year-old bookstore manager is approached by a pair of aliens asking her to transmit their message of peace to the powers in Washington. An abused Albuquerque wife with low self-esteem, Benita has been chosen to act as the sole liaison between the human race and the Pistach, who have offered their human hosts a spectacular opportunity for knowledge and enrichment.

But ultimately Benita will be called upon to do much more than deliver messages -- and may, in fact, be responsible for saving the Earth. Because the Pistach are not the only space-faring species currently making their presence known on her unsuspecting planet. And the others are not so benevolent.


About Sheri S. Tepper

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Sheri S. Tepper is the author of more than thirty novels, including 1993’s A Plague of Angels, which is set in the same world as The Waters Rising. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Published September 25, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 484 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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HSo what do women really, really want? Elementary, Dr. Freud, according to Tepper's enchantingly sly feminist tale of Earthlings' first contact with alien starfarers: nothing that virile, arbitrary,

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