River Woman, River Demon
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About the Author
Jennifer Givhan, a National Endowment for the Arts and PEN/Rosenthal Emerging Voices fellow, is a Mexican American writer and activist from the Southwestern desert. She is the author of four full-length poetry collections: Landscape with Headless Mama (2015 Pleiades Editors' Prize), Protection Spell (2016 Miller Williams Poetry Prize Series edited by Billy Collins), Girl with Death Mask (2017 Blue Light Books Prize chosen by Ross Gay), and Rosa's Einstein (Camino Del Sol Poetry Series, 2019). Her honors include the Frost Place Latinx Scholarship, a National Latinx Writers' Conference Scholarship, the Lascaux Review Poetry Prize, Phoebe Journal's Greg Grummer Poetry Prize chosen by Monica Youn, the Pinch Poetry Prize chosen by Ada Limón, and ten Pushcart nominations. Her work has appeared in Best of the Net, Best New Poets, Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, Ploughshares, Poetry, TriQuarterly, Boston Review, AGNI, Crazyhorse, Witness, Southern Humanities Review, Missouri Review, and the Kenyon Review. Givhan holds a master's degree in English from California State University Fullerton and an MFA from Warren Wilson College, and she can be found discussing feminist motherhood at JenniferGivhan.com as well as on Facebook and Twitter @JennGivhan.
Jenn Givhan is a powerful conjurer of words. In River Woman, River Demon she has woven a tale rich in culture, folklore, and social relevance. Intriguing, suspenseful, and inspiring, the novel reminds us that no matter how dark life may become, we don't need to be perfect and we don't have to fight every battle alone to rise toward the light.-- "Rudy Ruiz, author of The Resurrection of Fulgencio Ramirez and Valley of Shadows"
Jennifer Givhan has invoked a delectable spellbinder. River Woman, River Demon is a conjuring of equal parts murder mystery, brujería, sex and romance, hauntings and terror, femme empowerment, all with a dash of Northern New Mexican cooking. ¡Buen provecho!-- "Ana Castillo, award-winning author of So Far from God"
[A] thrilling tale...[A] wonderfully written Magickal ride full of red herrings, plot twists, and authentic Magick in the Shadowlands.-- "Jamie Della, author of The Book of Spells: The Magick of Witchcraft"
Givhan's River Woman, River Demon is full of unexpected magick, hauntings, and secrets as a woman makes sense of her past and her power. I loved figuring out with her what exactly she was capable of.-- "Sarah Blake, author of Clean Air "
This book is a stunner. Thank you, Jenn Givhan, for creating a book of such power, spirituality, mystery, intersectional thoughtfulness, and resonance.-- "Angelique Zobitz, author of Love Letters to the Revolution"
A murder mystery with organic roots in the otherworldly...There are all the expected thrills and chills as well as some unexpected ones, but the real gift here is Givhan's command of language. She employs gorgeous metaphors and crass slang with precision. In a similar way, the mystical and the earthly are seamlessly intertwined, in place as well as in plot. It's not often that we get a story of hoodoo and conjuring that presents these as religious elements rather than sensational ones. Eva embodies these complexities as well; she's a memorable and multifaceted heroine. Sharp as glass shards and lush as the desert after the rain, the writing is the true magic here.-- "Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"
In River Woman, River Demon, Givhan writes: 'For us folks of color, conjuring isn't entertainment; it's the brass key pointing us to freedom.' And with this novel Givhan wholly embodies this thesis, manifesting a richly textured exploration of personal pain, trauma, and loss, while capturing that slippery dreamlike beyond that people of color feel in our bones. River Woman, River Demon is a major working, a novel both visceral and revelatory.-- "Cadwell Turnbull, award-winning author of No Gods, No Monsters"
Riveting...Featuring lush, evocative prose and beautiful, detailed descriptions of people and places, the book is difficult to put down...River Woman, River Demon is a seamless psychological and supernatural thriller about resilience and personal empowerment.-- "Foreword Reviews (starred review)"