I cannot say enough good things about this book. I loved every single page. I read it at the beginning of the year and it set me up for such a rich and rewarding year of reading.
The Once and Future Witches is set in the USA in 1893 where witches mix with suffragists, magic with politics. If you like investigations of race and class, gender politics, and magic, this is everything.
The story revolves around the Eastwood sisters and Harrow uses the three characters to explore the themes of maiden, mother, and crone. It’s about women’s power and hiding truths to survive. It’s about the ways we choose to fight, to use our voices, and to instigate change. It’s about the complexity of the suffragist movement and all the underlying racism and classism that was the genesis of white feminism which intersectional feminism has evolved as a response to in the 21st century. And of course, it’s about the power of witches – the power that patriarchy spent years suppressing as a means of controlling all women.
I loved Alix Harrow’s ‘The Ten Thousand Doors of January’ and was excited when I saw she had a new novel out. I loved this one even more and am now a firm Alix Harrow fan for life.
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