Although not Willis' masterpiece (arguably that might be Doomsday Book), this is a gem of a novella, with a nice twist at the end. Unlike her time-travel books and contemporaries such as Bellwether, this is a bit more of a traditional sci fi novel, set on another planet complete with aliens. But as with all of Willis' novels and short stories, it's basically a study in human nature and manners -- rather like Jane Austen in space. Charming.
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