I am currently reading my way through a long list of science fiction and fantasy titles. (http://www.npr.org/2011/08/07/138938145/science-fiction-and-fantasy-finalists if you are interested in the list).
Wow, I'm glad that I decided to find the full novel. The short story was very good, but I like what she's done with more elbow room.
Lots to think about, for sure.