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Fiction: Mystery
Unabridged   8 hour(s)
Publication date: 08/16/2022

Named a Most Anticipated Book by Bustle, NYLON, Literary Hub, and The Millions


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Digital Download ISBN:9781696608787


Brenda Lozano presents her latest novel.

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Product Description

Paloma is dead. But before she was murdered, before she was even Paloma, she was a traditional healer named Gaspar. Before she was murdered, she taught her cousin Feliciana the secrets of the ceremonies known as veladas, and about the Language and the Book that unlock their secrets.

Sent to report on Paloma's murder, Zoe meets Feliciana in the mountain village of San Felipe. There, the two women's lives twist around each other in a danse macabre. Feliciana tells Zoe the story of her struggle to become an accepted healer in her community, and Zoe begins to understand the hidden history of her own experience as a woman, finding her way in a hostile environment shaped by and for men.

Weaving together two parallel narratives that mirror and refract one another, this extraordinary novel envisions the healer as storyteller and the writer as healer, and offers a generous and nuanced understanding of a world that can be at turns violent and exultant, cruel and full of hope.


"Narrator Kyla Garcia offers an engrossing performance of this thoughtful audiobook in translation, which examines gender expectations.” ---AudioFile

"Readers of Fernanda Melchor’s form-busting, psychedelic takes on recent South American history won’t want to miss Brenda Lozano’s Witches . . . Heather Cleary fluidly translates Lozano’s spiky narrative, immersing readers in its horrors without obscuring its beauties." —Chicago Review of Books

Author Bio

Brenda Lozano is a fiction writer, essayist, and editor. Her books include Todo nada (All or Nothing, 2009), followed by Cuaderno ideal (Loop, 2019), and a book of short stories, Cómo piensan las piedras (How Stones Think, 2017).