Thank you to Libro.FM for the gifted audiobook of Woman of Light by Kali Fajardo-Anstine. #partner
I have had Woman of Light by Kali Fajardo-Anstine on my watchlist for 2022 new releases for quite some time. I requested the digital advanced copy on Net Galley months ago and when I saw that Book of the Month had it as a June option, I snatched it up. THEN Libro.FM released the audiobook. It was like the universe was telling me to read this book.
Woman of Light is a historical fiction multi-generational novel of a group of Chicano Women in 1930s Denver, Colorado and prior years in The Lost Territory. Part coming-of-age, part love story, I loved following Luz "little light" Lopez's story. The story of her family lineage was full bodied, atmospheric and full of strong female protagonists, as well as topical themes. Not only this a story of the Lopez women, but also of the hate and discrimination Latinx folks faced in the early 1900s. Luz feared for her brother's life after he was run out of town because he was associating with a white girl. Luz works as a receptionist at a law firm by a fellow Greek immigrant who takes on a high-profile case involving the murder of a young Latinx boy at the hands of white supremacists. The story was completely engrossing.
There is not much I didn't love about this novel and I highly recommend the audio because the narrator does a wonderful job bringing the story and characters to life.
Content warning: racism, assault, murder
Luz "little light" Lopez lives in Denver, Colorado with her auntie and brother, Diego. She reads tea leaves, while her brother is a snake charmer at local fairs. When her brother is run out of town by an angry white mob, she sets out to create a life of her own, while having visions that teach her about the women she came from.
4 - 4.5 stars
“This could be your family, Celia shouted. Your brother, your son, your father. This could be your loss. But it's not. It's mine, and you might think you're lucky, but for every lucky person, unluckiness arrives. Our existence shouldn't depend on luck. It should depend on justice, what is good, what is right.”