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In her bestselling novel, The Fifth Sacred Thing, Starhawk introduced readers to a truly memorable character: 93-year-old rebel leader Maya Greenwood. Now, in this eagerly awaited prequel, readers learn the story of Maya's extraordinary life. 544 pp. National print ads & publicity. West coast author tour. BDD ONLINE feature. 25,000 print.
Here, Maya, an aging flower child and the author of the Goddess-celebrating work From the Mountain, has lost interest in her black lover, Johanna Weaver; is overweight; burnt out; and decides that she needs recharging in Nepal, the home of the gods. While on her Himalayan trek, Maya reviews her life. Others on the journey keep her answering well-meant but irritating questions about matriarchy and the Goddess Mother of the Universe. Maya carries with her the ashes of her mother; she intends to scatter them on high. Maya is a bisexual lesbian, as is Johanna. They had become lovers in high school and have lived together on and off, although the mercurial Johanna has also had a series of male and female lovers. Why can't Johanna call herself a lesbian? Maya implores. "It's easy for you to call yourself a lesbian, make the great political gesture," Johanna replies, "but I am a black woman before I'm anything else, and the first word in that is black." As a witch, Maya tries to teach through rituals that arouse energy and help "heal our shattered cultural imagination." Another ex-lover, the hard-drinking stud Rio Connolly, reenters the scene. They've recently reencountered each other, after 17 years, at the Nevada Test Site Peace Camp, where Maya had joined the protest against nuclear testing. Their youthful love affair (which left Maya pregnant) was severed by Rio's lengthy jail term for second-degree murder. Juggling two ex-lovers, Maya also has agonizing memories of her sister and mother to make peace with while trying to grasp the guidance of the Rinpoche on the mountain and to deepen her understanding of the Goddess.
Starhawk's cult will find this uplifting and entertaining, if too loose for great impact.
Posted December 11, 2010
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