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If this novel by Hugo- and Nebula Awardwinning author Joe Haldeman's were a recipe, it would read: two cups of Camille Flammarion's Lumen, one cup Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels, with a teaspoon of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol and a pinch of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven."
Guardian is the diary of Rosa Tolliver, a young woman growing up in postCivil War America. After graduating from college, Rosa marries a lawyer, has a baby, and is living a seemingly charmed life in Philadelphia. But all is not well. When Rosa finds her husband sodomizing their son, Daniel, she decides to flee cross-country with Daniel and start a new life. Once safely in Dodge City, Rosa gets a job teaching and watches Daniel grow into a young man. But her husband is relentless, and when a Pinkerton agent shows up at their doorstep with orders to take Daniel back to his father, the two must run again. This time they go to Alaska, where Daniel has dreams of gold mining. When he is killed by a drunken miner, Rosa contemplates suicide and is visited by a strange raven that has been following her since Philadelphia.
Like all Haldeman works, Guardian is puzzling, powerful, and profound. Rosa's spiritual journey through time and space is both entertaining and enlightening. Paul Goat Allen