A culture of quiet sadness, where grief is art. What would such a place be like? And what would happen when it was contacted by people who know how to laugh?
No one was asking these questions before Jane Yolen’s “Cards of Grief,” but they should have been. What she created was a fantastic “first contact” story, a moving picture of a society both like and unlike our own. But what really sets this book apart is her construction of the novel.
It is divided into 8 parts, all told from a first person, all in the form of interview or speech. The idea is that these are transcripts of anthropological recordings–and through these recordings, at first appearing to be simple anthropological records, a story is born.