River Woman, River Demon

Thanks to Libby and OverDrive (the platform that CALS uses for ebooks), CALS has access to a program called “Together We Read,” which allows for simultaneous reading of books. (If you weren’t aware, despite being a digital file, ebooks are still checked out one at a time and “count” toward the life of the book). So having a simultaneous read book available means that an almost unlimited number of people can be reading the book at the same time without any additional cost to CALS. The next Together We Read Title, River Woman, River Demon, will be available in both ebook and audiobook formats from March 1-15.

Together We Read is a two-week digital book club that connects readers from the U.S. with the same book at the same time without any waitlists or holds. The program is free and similar to OverDrive’s Big Library Read. All your patrons need to do is visit your library’s website with their library cards.Award-winning Mexican-American and Indigenous author Jennifer Givhan brings us an exquisitely written, spell-binding psychological thriller—weaving together folk magick with personal and cultural empowerment—that is perfect for fans of Mexican Gothic.

About River Woman, River Demon:
When Eva’s husband is arrested for the murder of a friend, she must confront her murky past and embrace her magic to find out what really happened that night on the river.

Eva Santos Moon is a burgeoning Chicana artist who practices the ancient, spiritual ways of brujería and curanderisma, but she’s at one of her lowest points—suffering from disorienting blackouts, creative stagnation, and a feeling of disconnect from her magickal roots. When her husband, a beloved university professor and the glue that holds their family together, is taken into custody for the shocking murder of their friend, Eva doesn’t know whom to trust—least of all, herself. She soon falls under suspicion as a potential suspect, and her past rises to the surface, dredging up the truth about an eerily similar death from her childhood.