Trinity Sight

Blackstone. Oct. 2019. 288p. ISBN 9781538556726. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781538556740. SF
DEBUT Poet Givhan blends Puebloan, Zuni, and Mexican American cultures in this searing postapocalyptic rumination on motherhood, genocide, and environmentalism. After a horrible car crash caused by a blinding red light, anthropologist Calliope Santiago regains consciousness in a New Mexico she doesn’t recognize, filled with preternaturally violent humans, volcanic eruptions, and chaos following the disappearance of thousands of people. The pregnant (with twins) heroine joins forces with her next-door neighbor, a seven-year-old Korean American with the Sight; Calliope’s aunt’s partner; an adventurous white college student; and an attractive Zuni-Mexican American man sent to guide her and find her missing husband and son. This magical realist tale reveres the power of nature, exploring what could happen if Earth punished humankind for the atrocities committed against it. Poetry imbues every page with power and truth, and the intense plot is propelled by fully realized characters and a majestically primal setting.
VERDICT This harrowing debut with Southwestern sensibility depicts the dangers of destroying our planet and questions whether mythology is an apt term to describe Indigenous beliefs. Purchase where Rebecca Roanhorse’s Trail of Lightning and Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Gods of Jade and Shadow are popular.

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