White Magic, by Elissa Washuta

Staff Pick

What I thought would be an indictment of colonialism, with explorations into the occult, turned out to be much more: a story of love, trauma, loss, addiction, and magic. Washuta, a member of the Cowitz tribe, is fierce and compelling as she takes the reader down a rabbit hole through pop culture, Native American history, and her own story of addiction and heartbreak. The first act of the book is an interrogation of the "witch aesthetic"; while sanitized and pared down for Instagram, the narrative grows into an exploration of Washuta's vulnerability--which she lays bare for the reader and is part of what makes the magic of the book reside not only in the lore Washuta shares, but the ways in which she wields her cleverness and wit. This book is a complex  blend of difficult subject matter and nuanced writing, and it will leave you absolutely enchanted.

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ISBN: 9781951142391
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Tin House Books - April 27th, 2021