Her Silhouette, Drawn In Water by Vylar KaftanHer Silhouette, Drawn In Water by Vylar Kaftan

Her Silhouette, Drawn In Water

byVylar Kaftan

Paperback | May 21, 2019

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Nebula Award-winning author Vylar Kaftan weaves a dark tale of loss, regret, love, and revenge in the novella, Her Silhouette, Drawn in Water.

"Tense and gripping."-Ann Leckie

"A moving tribute to the power within us all."-Nancy Kress

All Bee has ever known is darkness.

She doesn't remember the crime she committed that landed her in the cold, twisting caverns of the prison planet Colel-Cab with only fellow prisoner Chela for company. Chela says that they're telepaths and mass-murderers; that they belong here, too dangerous to ever be free. Bee has no reason to doubt her-until she hears the voice of another telepath, one who has answers, and can open her eyes to an entirely different truth.

Vylar Kaftan won a Nebula for her alternate history novella The Weight of the Sunrise. She has published about 50 short stories in Asimov's, Lightspeed, Clarkesworld, and other places. She lives in the Bay Area.
Title:Her Silhouette, Drawn In WaterFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:112 pages, 8.05 × 5.09 × 0.32 inShipping dimensions:8.05 × 5.09 × 0.32 inPublished:May 21, 2019Publisher:Tom Doherty AssociatesLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1250221137

ISBN - 13:9781250221131


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nothing Unique Having read a number of stories very similar to this one, I predicted the end long before I had even read the first 50 pages. It is perhaps worth noting this is a short story at only just over 100 pages. Anytime there is only one person feeding a BS sounding story to a character with a memory loss problem I get skeptical. You just know something is definitely not right here. The story has overtones of Momento in which the “helper” is not telling the whole truth (or any truth). Overall this is really well written. For a book only 100 pages long I appreciate that there is no info dumping. Vylar Kaftan has used his words wisely and conservatively. A good little study in twisting plot points and handling amnesia; but nothing special here in my opinion. Many well-read readers of mystery stories are likely to guess the outcome far in advance. Please note: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. This is an honest and unbiased review.
Date published: 2019-08-27

Editorial Reviews

"Tense and gripping."-Ann Leckie

"Her Silhouette, Drawn in Water transcends its particulars to rise to the universal. As protagonist Bee struggles with not only oppression by others but also her own limitations and the hard choices of love, her story becomes a moving tribute to the power within all of us."-Nancy Kress

"A feminist's weapon in a poignant story of courage." -Aurealis