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We Were Witches

Narrated by: Ariel Gore
Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
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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? Finalist for the Lambda Literary Award.

©2018 Blackstone Publishing (P)2018 Ariel Gore

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  • BJ Andersen
  • 14-04-19

Brutally honest and brilliant storytelling

Introvert advisory—don’t listen in a car while riding with anyone who isn’t prepared for strong imagery, frank language, and gut-wrenching injustice. I was so angry listening to this inside view of what it means to be marginalized and brave and smart and up against systemic violence and oppression that just keeps swinging. I finished the book more committed than ever to my feminist roots. “Misogyny. Look it up. Stamp it out!”
That may not sound like a great review, but I am so glad to have listened to Ariel Gore tell her own stories. She glows through all the crap she dealt with, and her relationship with her daughter is a thread of gold woven through the shit show of patriarchy and privilege. Brilliant, unflinching, resilient writing.
Oh, and the government’s student loan program is a corrupt scam. Student loans don’t need to be “forgiven”, they need to be reset to original principal. How many times over have we repaid our original loans? Yet the sick magic of Sallie Mae keeps swelling our debt. There must be a counter spell to that madness.
Thank you, Ariel Gore, for writing what you know.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-12-18

Absolutely brilliant, wise, healing

Hearing Ariel Gore’s voice read her own words, is profound.
This book is beautiful, sad, honest, and makes me feel less alone.
My mother was a single parent with me. And Gore’s words feel like words my own mother could maybe never say to me. And I appreciate them so much.
Thank you for writing this book. It is important 💕🙏