The Fresco

By Sheri S. Tepper

The unusual occasions which have been occuring around the usa -- unexplained "oddities" tracked by way of Air safety, mysterious disappearances, stunning deaths -- appear to have no pertaining to Benita Alvarez-Shipton's existence. that's, till the soft-spoken thirty-six-year-old bookstall supervisor is approached via a couple of extraterrestrial beings asking her to transmit their message of peace to the powers in Washington. An abused Albuquerque spouse with low vainness, Benita has been selected to behave because the sole liaison among the human race and the Pistach, who've provided their human hosts a striking chance for wisdom and enrichment.
But finally Benita may be known as upon to do even more than carry messages -- and will, in truth, be answerable for saving the Earth. as the Pistach should not the single space-faring species at present making their presence recognized on her unsuspecting planet. And the others usually are not so benevolent.

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