Bindle Punk Bruja

Harper Voyager. Sept. 2022. 400p. ISBN 9780063056084. $17.99. FANTASY
DEBUT Rose Lane and her ragtag band of social outcasts take on City Hall, the Mob, and the Ku Klux Klan in Mesa’s debut Prohibition-era historical fantasy. Rose has a secret: she is a Latina, passing as white to provide for her family. But it’s her power as a bruja, an earth witch, that makes the local mob covet her illegal jazz club and her power. They’ll do anything to own her, and she’ll do anything to keep her family safe—even finally using the magic that she’s always seen as more curse than gift. Rose knows the price for being both female and non-white in a time and place that steps on both at every turn. That she wins by embracing her roots, gives the novel a kind of magic that urban fantasy readers will love.
VERDICT Mesa’s debut mixes a bit of Mexican folktale, a chunk of magical realism, and tons of period detail into a page-turning urban fantasy that takes the glitter of Boardwalk Empire and combines it with a story of found family, mob violence, and romance.
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