We Were Witches Lib/E (Compact Disc)

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By Ariel Gore (Read by)
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In this magical tale based on the author's life, Gore ponders hardship, inspiration, and the meaning of being a "womyn," young mother, aspiring writer, and witch in a harsh and sexist world. Since I fit into all above-mentioned categories, I felt a deep kinship with Gore and her journey while reading this strange and poetic book. The book doesn't follow a traditional masculine story arc, but rather delves deep into womb-like caverns of potential space and creative energy.

— Jessamyn


Buying into the dream that education is the road out of poverty, a teen mom takes a chance on bettering herself, gets on welfare rolls, and talks her way into college. But once she's there, phallocratic narratives permeate every subject, and creative writing professors depend heavily on Freytag's pyramid to analyze life.

So Ariel turns to a rich subcultural canon of resistance and failure, populated by writers like Audre Lorde, Adrienne Rich, Gloria Anzaldua, Tillie Olsen, and Kathy Acker.

Wryly riffing on feminist literary tropes, We Were Witches documents the survival of a demonized single mother. She's beset by custody disputes, homophobia, and America's ever-present obsession with shaming strange women into passive citizenship. But even as the narrator struggles to graduate-often the triumphant climax of a dramatic plot-a question uncomfortably lingers. If you're dealing with precarious parenthood, queer identity, and debt, what is the true narrative shape of your experience?

Product Details
ISBN: 9781538546192
ISBN-10: 1538546191
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Publication Date: April 17th, 2018
Language: English