Shadow of the Hare by Donna Dechen Birdwell
Shadow of the Hare is the 2nd volume of the Recall Chronicles by Donna Dechen Birdwell.
Malia is a stubbornly dissident author and bibliophile in a world where books have ceased to matter and barely exist. She remembers how things changed through the 21st century, but after fifty years of self-imposed exile, she returns to a world far more terrifying than the one she fled. In Dallas, Nigeria, and India she doggedly pursues the truth her heart demands.
A Word from the Author
Once I’d told Jenda’s story, I knew there were other stories to be told about this world I’d built. Shadow of the Hare begins with the same scene as chapter one of Way of the Serpent, but told through the eyes of the old woman, Malia Poole. Malia’s memories are imperfect but far more intact than Jenda’s, so Malia is able to take the reader back through the closing years of the 21st century and into a deeper understanding of the world as it came to be in the 22nd. Malia is an unrepentant Vintagonist – a dissident who is part of the Recall network. She’s also an author and bibliophile in a world where books have ceased to matter and barely exist. Her dissident ways force her to flee Washington, DC, and she spends fifty years in self-imposed exile in a Simpleton community in far west Texas. Contentment just isn’t her thing, though, and she returns to the world to finally fill in that one blank year of her life. Where the quest leads her occupies the last half of the novel. All I’ll say about that is that I cried more writing about Malia than about any of my other characters. The events of the closing chapters of Way of the Serpent play out in a totally different part of the world in Shadow of the Hare and in much more vivid detail.
The folktale theme in this book has to do with the different stories people tell about the shadows on the face of the moon. While some people see a human face, others see the outline of a hare. Do we see what we want to, or just what our culture tells us is there?
(Donna Dechen Birdwell, October 2016)
Other Books in the Same Series
Way of the Serpent
Flight of the Owl