We Were Witches by Ariel Gore

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We Were Witches by Ariel Gore

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Julie's Pick: Kind and good and smart and fierce and left me in positive tears and includes a phenomenal reading list. This novel recreates the tale of Ariel's life on the West Coast as a single mother and a queer woman discovering her identity. It spins literary tropes all around into one magical narrative full of heart and the power of resistance. We need more stories like this. (I read this in tandem with Jeanette Winterson's Written on the Body which Ariel mentions in We Were Witches. If you haven't read Winterson yet, do it. Right now. It's a gorgeous gift you'll be giving yourself.)

About the book: Spurred on by nineties “family values” campaigns and determined to better herself through education, a teen mom talks her way into college. Disgusted by an overabundance of phallocratic narratives and Freytag’s pyramid, she turns to a subcultural canon of resistance and failure. Wryly riffing on feminist literary tropes, it documents the survival of a demonized single mother figuring things out.

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