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We Were Witches Beautiful, clever, heartbreaking and emboldening Should be mandatory reading for all moms, queers, and Bay Area residentsespecially for those of us who straddle the middle of that Venn diagram. I loved this so much Set in the early nineties it s kinda memoir fiction about having a baby at 18, going to college, feminism, witchcraft and magic It s about the power of books, family values and slut shaming It s a really easy read, but still has so much going on and is really inspirational There is also a reading list at the back.One of my favourites this year. 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 I m so glad I bought this book from my local bookstore instead of getting it from the library It s so magically beautiful that I want to lend it to friends, return to the spells in it and try them myself, and look up all the books on the reading list This is my favorite of any of Ariel s books and that is saying a lot, because her writing is always exquisite We Were Witches just soared to the top of my favorite novels I ve read this year Writers seeking to blend poetic language with good plot should check out this as an example of a compulsively readable yet stylistically unique book. So beautiful, smart, sweet, hard, sad, and funny There were spells, too And old feminists who watch over us Highly recommend. My husband bought this book for me at the recommendation of our local bookstore, A Room of One s Own Madison, WI I haven t read a feminist text that has made me think outside the box so much since collegeAND it was entertaining I ll be searching for from this author. I like this book because it makes me want to do in the world I never expected to even like this, but I got sucked in This is like a memoir but I just love how it s written It s heart wrenchingly real and reading some sections was like getting punched because of how impactful the words were I want to do better and read up on all the things she reads in the book because it was so thought provoking and I just can t even put into words.It s really intense, but it s also so sweet at the same time It s wholesome because it s this young mother trying to do her best and your heart really goes out for her I just want her to be okay I want to be as strong and brave as her So that s why I liked this book I think the best type of books make you think about them for a long time afterwards, and this is definitely one of those I love that she put the English papers so wrote for class in between, I love the random lists and I love that she just wrote about her life I want to read by her Immediately. Maybe this could be my new genre the memoirist s novel My words could form a magical spell, like an alchemical furnace, built with the conscious intention of transmuting shame into powerWow I don t think I ve ever read anything quite like We Were Witches It s part memoir since the main character is named Ariel Gore and has many of the same life experiences as Ariel has had in real life But it s also part fiction with different elements of magical realism and fairytales And there s also an inclusion of feminist history and the works of different prominent feminist writers Sometimes I don t like it when a book uses to many quotes from other authors Occasionally it can come off as pretentious if it s a character who is trying to show how smart they are by reciting things But in this case I think it really worked because the quotes were showing what Ariel was reading on her journey learning about feminism Much of the story is about Ariel s life as a teenage mother and the shame that society places on her because of that She is working hard to provide for her daughter and continue her education but is still looked down upon by so many people and institutions There are so many serious topics handled in this novel from violence against women to poverty and queer female sexuality and I think they were all handled wonderfully The writing was also gorgeous There were so many quotes that jumped out at me And the way she used fairytale stories and magical realism gave the book an interesting flow This is the first thing I ve ever read by Ariel Gore but I definitely want to check out of her work. Honest, real, and full of magic A story of a single mother, a woman getting her education, a woman following the magic in a world with pandemic violence against women I am going to be recommending We Were Witches to everyone. I was wary of this book because it initially read like some of the disjointed experimental fiction sub memoir I tried to write in college, which automatically made me think it was going to be bad But, thankfully, Ariel Gore is a much, MUCH better writer than I, and I ended up devouring this largely in one sitting It feels particularly timely considering the reemergence of witchcraft into pop culture feminism and it being October witching month Gore s text is labeled a novel, and that is intentional she wants us to know that the idea of reality doesn t so much matter within the confines of this book Indeed, there are delightful moments of magical realism throughout We Were Witches is both symmetrical in its use of theme and symbolism, and asymmetrical it doesn t succumb to the rising and falling plot phallus that Gore references, but instead builds and builds and builds upon itself I was particularly entranced by Gore s snarky re telling of the fairytale of Rapunzel just one of the many times throughout this book when Gore both punctured me with the truth of what she said and made me laugh out loud at the same time The chapters near the end about the normalization and erasure of violence against women are also extremely well done.


About the Author: Ariel Gore

ARIEL GORE is the author of We Were Witches The Feminist Press, 2017 , The End of Eve Hawthorne Books, 2014 , and numerous other books on parenting, the novel The Traveling Death and Resurrection Show, the memoir Atlas of the Human Heart, and the writer s guide How to Become a Famous Writer Before You re Dead Farrar, Straus and Giroux will publish Bluebird Women and the New Psychology of Happi


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