The Witches Are Coming is the non-fiction title I have most been anticipating since I ￼read Lindy West’s previous book, Shrill. When the title essay was first published in the New York Times, it perfectly struck the emotion and determination many women felt ready to act upon in the wake of Donald Trump’s presidency. West took our righteous indignation and put it into words while we were stammering with rage or speechless with disbelief. Wonderful words, that were sharp, funny and more precise than many of us are capable of producing in the middle of a heated Facebook comment thread flame war.
What I most loved about Shrill and years of West’s work across the Internet is also present in this new collection: highly memorable and quotable passages full of humor, cathartic swearing, and intelligent commentary on gender, race, politics and pop culture.
The only reason I rated this slightly lower than West’s previous book is that some points in the essays can be repetitive when pieces that were originally published over a long span elsewhere are put together in one volume. That being said, some of these points bear repeating.
The Witches Are Coming is a must-read for feminists and progressives that provides honesty, humor and even hope in these wicked times.
I received an advanced copy of this book courtesy of Hachette and Netgalley in exchange for my honest feedback.