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Long ago, Jared and Geneviive's father committed a great injustice on their third sibling, the Hinichi Noelle. His death frees them to summon her home from her long exile. But will she want to stay after being abandoned?

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Published: Oct. 25, 2010
Words: 8,550
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452388632
About M.C.A. Hogarth

Daughter of two Cuban political exiles, M.C.A. Hogarth was born a foreigner in the American melting pot and has had a fascination for the gaps in cultures and the bridges that span them ever since. She has been many things—-web database architect, product manager, technical writer and massage therapist—-but is currently a full-time parent, artist, writer and anthropologist to aliens, both human and otherwise.

Her fiction has variously been recommended for a Nebula, a finalist for the Spectrum, placed on the secondary Tiptree reading list and chosen for two best-of anthologies; her art has appeared in RPGs, magazines and on book covers.

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Review by: Sia Kay on Aug. 05, 2011 : star star star star star
I don't know why on earth I haven't reviewed Butterfly yet! It's my favorite by far of all the Pelted stories, about family ties and religious beliefs and foreign cultures. Despite the points of view being from natives of the culture, Noelle still needs the same introduction to the Hinichi world that we the readers do. And it's a very satisfying world - probably the most satisfying depiction of a Pelted culture I've seen: close enough to human cultures that you can tell where they came from, but different enough to be distinct and fleshed-out.

It's probably not the best introduction to the Pelted universe, but once you've been introduced, I highly recommend picking this one up. Every time I reread it, I can never stop and put it back down - I have to read the entire thing all over again.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Elizabeth McCoy on Dec. 11, 2010 : star star star star
This story is, ultimately, pretty satisfying. It's primarily a look into the Hinichi culture, and their interesting religious sects -- something which has, really, echos of Barbara Hambly's well-researched (and sadly out of print) _Search the Seven Hills_/_The Quirnal Hill Affair_ book. A lot could be done with this in the future...

But not in this short story, because throwing everything and the kitchen sink into it about Hinichi culture would make it far too cluttered.

My one quibble is that the ending scene has a somewhat-too-abrupt cut into it. I think I see what the author's trying to do with it -- it's a twist, and a logical one -- but it jolted me. Still, this is a good, if quiet story about culture and beliefs. (I do wonder _why_ the main characters' mother married who she did, though!)
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Eric Hinkle on Oct. 27, 2010 : star star star star star
Another of Micah's excellent character-driven stories, this one covers one of her less used races, the lupine Hinichi, and what happened to one young woman who was a little too human for her father, and how she came home again. Short and sweet and a fine look into the culture of the Hinichi, which seems to run rather deeper than the usual shallow view of aliens in even modern SF.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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