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River Woman, River Demon
The digital book club, Together We Read, is featuring River Woman, River Demon with no waitlists or holds through March 15. Share your thoughts about the title with readers across the U.S. The discussion board will be available through March 22.
How does River Woman, River Demon take the idea of magical realism and transform Eva’s world via real magick? How does the magick in this novel both embrace and differ from its Latinx/Indigenous magical real predecessors?
How is the landscape its own magical character in this novel? Could you imagine this story taking place anywhere else or does the internal thematic engine grow organically from its environment?
How do close, first-person point of view and the unreliability of Eva as a narrator propel the momentum and narrative tension of the story?
Jennifer Givhan uses historical and cultural references to folk magick (including brujería, hoodoo, curanderismo, and Wicca) throughout this page-turning thriller. What did you think of the blending of these more literary/scholarly elements with the suspense genre? How do you think the author pulled it off?
The owl on the cover of the book features prominently in River Woman, River Demon. Discuss the many symbols, including the owl, ghosts, and goddesses. How do these deepen your understanding of the novel’s themes and magickal heart.