From multi-award-winning, literary legend Ursula K. Le Guin comes a speculative fiction classic, The Beginning Place.
Fleeing from the monotony of his life, Hugh Rogers finds his way to "the beginning place"—a gateway to Tembreabrezi, an idyllic, unchanging world of eternal twilight.
Irena Pannis was thirteen when she first found the beginning place. Now, seven years later, she has grown to know and love the gentle inhabitants of Tembreabrezi, or Mountaintown, and she sees Hugh as a trespasser.
But then a monstrous shadow threatens to destroy Mountaintown, and Hugh and Irena join forces to seek it out. Along the way, they begin to fall in love. Are they on their way to a new beginning...or a fateful end?
“Checker on Seven!” and back between the checkstands unloading the wire carts, apples three for eighty-nine, pineapple chunks on special, half gallon of two percent, seventy-five, four, and one is five, thank you, from ten...
Praise for The Beginning Place
“Magical...lyrical...an uncommonly graceful fantasy-romance.” —Time Magazine
Praise for Ursula K. Le Guin:
“Like all great writers of fiction, Ursula K. Le Guin creates imaginary worlds that restore us, hearts eased, to our own.” —The Boston Globe
“Queen of the realm of fantasy.”—Washington Post
“Genre cannot contain Ursula Le Guin: she is a genre in herself.”—Zadie Smith
“Ursula Le Guin can lift fiction to the level of poetry and compress it to the density of allegory.” —Jonathan Lethem-