Full disclosure: I've only read this book once, which any serious fan will tell you is not enough to really "get it," but here goes. This book, the fictional memoir of Alden Weer, written by scifi master Gene Wolfe, can almost be read as straight-up literary fiction. A hundred pages in, I thought I had it figured out: the house that Weer is living in is a metaphorical house of memories, and as he wanders from room to room, he travels back to different periods in his life and narrates his story.
When I reached the end, though, I realized how much more was going on; under the surface of this lyrical memoir is a very creepy, and entirely different, story.
Recommended for people who like literary puzzles!
--Caitlin— From Caitlin L. Staff Picks
Originally published in 1975, Peace is a spellbinding, brilliant tour de force of the imagination. The melancholy memoir of Alden Dennis Weer, an embittered old man living out his last days in a small midwestern town, the novel reveals a miraculous dimension as the narrative unfolds. For Weer's imagination has the power to obliterate time and reshape reality, transcending even death itself. Powerfully moving and uncompromisingly honest, Peace ranks alongside the finest literary works of our time.
Hailed as "one of the literary giants of SF" by the Denver Post, Gene Wolfe has repeatedly won the field's highest honors, including the Nebula, the Hugo, and the World Fantasy awards. Peace is Gene Wolfe's first full-length novel, a work that shows the genius that later flourished in such acclaimed works as The Fifth Head of Cerberus and The Book of The New Sun.
About the Author
Gene Wolfe (1931-2019) was the Nebula Award-winning author of The Book of the New Sun tetralogy in the Solar Cycle, as well as the World Fantasy Award winners The Shadow of the Torturer and Soldier of Sidon. He was also a prolific writer of distinguished short fiction, which has been collected in such award-winning volumes as Storeys from the Old Hotel and The Best of Gene Wolfe.
A recipient of the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement, the Edward E. Smith Memorial Award, and six Locus Awards, among many other honors, Wolfe was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2007, and named Grand Master by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 2012.
“A tricky, evil, deep, and remarkable novel by one of America's finest writers.... It is not merely one of my favorite books (although it is certainly that); it is one of a tiny handful of modern novels of which I am in awe.” —Neil Gaiman, author of SANDMAN
“This delicate, insubstantial web of Alden Dennis Weer's memoirs acquires a solidity and a timelessness which may well make it one of Wolfe's most remarkable works.” —SF Site
“[Gene Wolfe's] first fantasy novel, Peace, may be his finest.” —The Encyclopedia of Fantasy
“Gene Wolfe is the finest writer the science fiction world has yet produced.” —The Washington Post on Gene Wolfe
“Gene Wolfe is unique. If there were forty or fifty of this first-rate author—no, let’s be reasonable and ask Higher Authorities for only four or five—American literature as a whole would be enormously enriched.” —Chicago Sun-Times