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📚37: THE SPARROW, Mary Doria Russell
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In 2019 and 2059, Jesuit priest Emilio Sandoz is examining his relationship with capital-g God. In (a much more advanced than our present) 2019, it is as the de facto driving force behind a group of colleagues and friends chosen to be the first human delegation to explore Rakhat, a newly-discovered planet whose songs are somehow making their way to our Earth-bound observatories. In 2059, it is in the aftermath of that expedition, as he returns to Earth as the only surviving member: traumatized, disgraced, and called for questioning before Jesuit leadership. The story weaves back and forth in time, burning brightest in its tender exploration of the multi-religious, multicultural band of humans who come to call each other family, and how they face the triumphs and heartbreaks of first contact. (thank you @gus.hynes for continuing to let me raid your library!!)
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