It was first published in 1998.
By p.39 I'd twice considered giving up, but given that it's only 132 pages in total, I battled on. I shouldn't have. I can't really see what audience would appreciate it. SF readers certainly wouldn't, nor would readers of satire, or 1984, etc. Maybe it's YA? I don't know. Here are some quotes
- "Once upon a time there will be a little girl called Uncumber" (p.3, the first line)
- "They discuss Noli up and they discuss him down, and the conclusion they reach is that he's a charlatan and a layabout and a womanizer and really just a little boy at heart - unless it was the price of food that the surprised queen was talking about all the time.Uncumber feels greatly cheered and lightened by this heart-to-heart talk. She says good-bye to the surprised queen, and without a word to anyone else she starts off to walk to the rocketport" (p.100)
- "She realizes, with dreadful suddenness and finality, the truth about her situation: once you've got outside the inside world, you can never get back in!" (p.107)
- "Nowadays people are tending to give up having children altogether and to stake their little claim upon immortality simply by living forever instead. It was the tyranny of the parent-child and child-parent relationships which so intolerably violated the privacy of child and parent alike" (p.129)