Back to All Events

We Were Witches: Prairie Lights Books

  • Prairie Lights Books 15 South Dubuque Street Iowa City, IA, 52240 United States (map)
WE_WERE_WITCHES_Event_eblast5.jpg

"Gore's magic-infused narrative. . . .is a moving account of a young writer and mother striving to claim her own agency and find her voice." Publishers Weekly

"This book mimics the messy, discursive texture of memory—of life. . . . Inventive and affecting." Kirkus Reviews

Cashing 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, the phallocratic story of “overcoming” permeates every subject. 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 Anzaldúa, 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 odd women into passive citizenship. But even as the narrator struggles to graduate—often the triumphant climax of a dramatic narrative—the question lingers uncomfortably. If you’re dealing with precarious parenthood, queer identity, and debt: What is the true narrative shape of your experience?

We Were Witches
15.16 18.95

Ariel Gore
Magick spells and inverted fairy tales combat queer scapegoating, domestic violence, and high-interest student loans.

Quantity:
Add To Cart
Amethyst Edition Tote (LIMITED TIME ONLY)
8.00 10.00

To celebrate the second installment of the AMETHYST EDITIONS imprint, SINCE I LAID MY BURDEN DOWN, snag this limited edition tote to show your love of Michelle Tea, FP, amethysts, and queer writers!

Quantity:
Gotta have it!
Earlier Event: September 25
We Were Witches: Moonpalace