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Publisher's Summary

A dazzling epic of betrayal, love, and fate that spans five generations of an Indigenous Chicano family in the American West, from the author of the National Book Award finalist Sabrina & Corina

A Phenomenal Book Club Pick

“Sometimes you just step into a book and let it wash over you, like you’re swimming under a big, sparkling night sky.”—Celeste Ng, author of Little Fires Everywhere and Everything I Never Told You

ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2022—The Millions, Electric Lit, Lit Hub, Book Riot

There is one every generation, a seer who keeps the stories.

Luz “Little Light” Lopez, a tea leaf reader and laundress, is left to fend for herself after her older brother, Diego, a snake charmer and factory worker, is run out of town by a violent white mob. As Luz navigates 1930s Denver, she begins to have visions that transport her to her Indigenous homeland in the nearby Lost Territory. Luz recollects her ancestors’ origins, how her family flourished, and how they were threatened. She bears witness to the sinister forces that have devastated her people and their homelands for generations. In the end, it is up to Luz to save her family stories from disappearing into oblivion.

Written in Kali Fajardo-Anstine’s singular voice, the wildly entertaining and complex lives of the Lopez family fill the pages of this multigenerational western saga. Woman of Light is a transfixing novel about survival, family secrets, and love—filled with an unforgettable cast of characters, all of whom are just as special, memorable, and complicated as our beloved heroine, Luz.

©2022 Kali Fajardo-Anstine (P)2022 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“A transporting story of the importance of family history told in a luminescent style.”Good Housekeeping

“An intimate and intensely moving story. Fajardo-Anstine’s lyrical, unpretentious prose renders the generations of women of this story in all of their complexity, offering a nuanced perspective on how the past can inform the future . . . Fajardo-Anstine . . . is a formidable, necessary voice in fiction.”—Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of Malibu Rising 

“Sometimes you just step into a book and let it wash over you, like you’re swimming under a big, sparkling night sky.”—Celeste Ng, author of Little Fires Everywhere and Everything I Never Told You

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Amazing!

This book is not a fairy tale so do not expect a happy ending. Through the story you will hear about racism, chauvinism, abuse against women an minorities. These are realities and maybe a lot of people don't want to hear about humanity mistakes and injustice but we have to be aware so we do not forget and let these things happen again. Enjoy!

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So many metaphors!

This book was hard to follow as the author jumped around the generations. That, coupled with the huge amount of odd metaphors she used. I found myself being distracted from the story as I was trying to figure them all out??? This was not an easy listen! Frustrating actually.

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Historical Fiction that needs to be told

Let me first explains that 5* reviews, for me, are left to the classics. That being said, this book was very well written. Beautiful descriptors and a clear understanding of language. The beginning was a bit hard to follow, as you don’t understand the significance of the characters until later. The main story however, was captivating, however very hard to read at times, as the human capability for brutality and bigotry is heartbreaking. When the back story is married to the current story, it shows the roots, then blossoms. This is not a happily ever after story, but is is real in that there are choices made that forever change the course of our life. It doesn’t mean our life is over. The different path has purpose of its own.