All right. I thought you all would like to know about this book I just read: The Book of Atrix Wolfe by Patricia McKillip (352 pgs). I would say the theme of this book (which is pretty obvious) is sorrow. The importance of losing something, and, without really remembering what exactly it was that you lost, still having this innate sense of loss. The importance of words, or rather, the insignificance of words themselves because it is the meaning behind the words that give them power.
The prose is almost lyrical, and yet simple. Very reminiscent of…a storyteller, I would say. In the tradition of Homer and the like.