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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?

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        Ariel Gore is a journalist, teacher, and author of numerous books on parenting. She is the founding editor–publisher of Hip Mama, an Alternative Press Award–winning publication covering the culture and politics of motherhood. Her memoir Atlas of the Human Heart was a 2004 finalist for the Oregon Book Award. Her anthology Portland Queer: Tales of the Rose City won a Lambda Literary Award in 2010.

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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...

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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?

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        July 17, 2017
        Gore (The End of Eve) calls this deeply autobiographical work a “new genre: the memoirist’s novel,” with the intention of “transmuting shame into power.” Bodily shame (and violence) is indeed front and center here: an early scene includes a harrowing description of the teenaged Ariel in childbirth, undergoing an invasive mediolateral episiotomy that leaves both physical and emotional scars. As Ariel—despite the objections of her family, her neighbors, and the larger 1990s single mother–shaming culture—grows determined to mother her daughter and get a college education, she rewrites fairy tales (like “Rapunzel”) and encounters new models of feminine strength, particularly through the supernatural. The “witches” of the title, however, are her powerful literary foremothers, the ones to whom Ariel returns most consistently: Audre Lorde, Tillie Olsen, Adrienne Rich, Ntozake Shange, and others. Gore’s magic-infused narrative, with its pleasantly rambling structure that intentionally inverts Freytag’s phallic narrative pyramid, is a moving account of a young writer and mother striving to claim her own agency and find her own voice.

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      • content: Ariel Gore's novel ranges back and forth through time in a storyteller's web that is easy to follow and studded with reanimated scenes from her childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. However, all of what makes an engaging and insightful quilt of memories becomes nearly lost through Gore's narration. She whines, rushes, and sometimes reads with that abrasive near-chanting quality of young girls calling each other out. Gore is a contemporary cultural icon known for her fiction and nonfiction, and this novel offers evocative glimpses of how she became who she is. However, this audio format is not the way to meet that book. F.M.R.G. � AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine
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