The Witches of Bellinas

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6.5 X 9.2 X 1.0 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author
J. NICOLE JONES received her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Columbia University, and has held editorial positions at VICE magazine and Vanity Fair. She is the author of Low Country: A Southern Memoir.
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"Jones has written a compelling book, drawing from our chaotic reality to create a dystopia where individual thought is extinguished for the art colony's harmony . . . [Her] power as a storyteller burns fire-hot." --Lorraine Berry, Los Angeles Times

"Tansy is the hero of The Witches of Bellinas . . . having discovered the surprising secrets lurking beneath the shiny surface. It's what she does with that knowledge that upends expectations." --Suzanne Van Atten, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"Scintillating." --Chloe Joe, Bustle

"The narrative shrewdly sends up the narcissistic nonsense of tech bros, faux artists, and those who see spirituality as a lifestyle accoutrement, while suggesting that society's pressure on women to be perfect is actually cultish programming suppressing female strength." --Rufus Hicock, BUST

"J. Nicole Jones's debut novel is as entrancing as it is deeply unsettling." --Psychopomp

"This book is Stepford Wives meets Midsommar, and one could easily picture it being turned into a Sofia Coppola movie. Readers will be drawn in by the eerily beautiful vibes, and riveted by the complex exploration of wealth and gender roles." --Jillian Bell, BookBrowse

"[A] brilliant writer. She turns her wit and masterful writing toward a fictitious cult in her first novel." --Adam Vitcavage, Debutiful

"Jones's lyrical yet ominous prose affects a bewitching vibe of its own ('Don't believe those who say that the fog is just fog . . . that the thunderheads worn by nearby mountain peaks are merely weather'). Readers will find this haunting tale is tough to shake." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"The novel establishes a sense of urgency up front . . . Fans of Kate Weinberg's The Truants (2020) and Swan Huntley's The Goddesses (2017) will enjoy Jones' deliberate pacing, lyrical style, and appreciation for many kinds of inspiration." --Booklist

"At the intersection of the supernatural and simple human ugliness, The Witches of Bellinas gives its readers chills and thrills along with a profound sense of wrongs done, but no heroes or villains. This is a novel for anyone who's wondered if the picturesque might be too good to be true." --Shelf Awareness

"Jones has authored a fierce, timely indictment of movements masquerading as enlightenment, cautioning women especially against things that seem too good to be true. A rich, piercing novel that cries out for women to trust themselves above all others." --Kirkus Reviews

"The Witches of Bellinas is like the eerie technicolor lovechild of Midsommar and Rebecca. I loved being inside Tansy's mind as she learns to decode the sun-soaked, menacing world of Bellinas--and as she learns to decode herself, too. Myth and magic, gender and power, desire and death all swirl together in this novel to make a heady brew." --Clare Beams, author of The Illness Lesson

"A sinister and sparkling modern myth about the seductiveness of sisterhood, The Witches of Bellinas questions what we are willing to sacrifice for belonging and serves as a poignant reminder that there is no sorcery more powerful than selfhood. Tansy Green's journey will stay with me for years to come." --Ling Ling Huang, author of Natural Beauty

"Twisty and luscious, J. Nicole Jones's The Witches of Bellinas is like Alice's Wonderland: uncanny, at times frightening, and incredibly pleasurable to wander even as the darkness looms. You'll be swept up in its winds." --Julia Fine, author of Maddalena and the Dark