Yesterday, I asked David Hartwell what he considered impressive about Abraham, particularly his novels. David hasn't read any of the novels. His specialty is short fiction, and it was Abraham's stories which impressed him.
Last night, I finished A Betrayal in Winter. From a fantasy point of view, it's disappointing, as the numinous element is downplayed in ways that I find disturbing. As a novel about gender roles, the Tiptree committee should look at it, if the committee has not done so. It recalled Macbeth to mind, and is far more claustrophobic than A Shadow in Summer.
I decided to take a break before tackling An Autumn War. So, I went back to Strahan's anthology, where the next story was Abrahams's "The Cambist and Lord Iron: A Fairy Tale of Economics".
Yeah. Now I see why David Hartwell was so impressed. No supernatural element, but the sense of wonder is there. It's beautifully written, too. If I could get it down to 8 minutes, it would be something I could tell in circles. This made me tear up with aesthetic appreciation.