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Strega by Johanne Lykke Holm
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Nov 15, 2022 | ISBN 9780593612453 | 267 Minutes

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“A novel that consumes, that interrupts its reader’s present. . . . Holm’s world is one of richness, of allegory, where blood and milk and mold are common, recurring substances, and color is used generously like an impasto painting. . . . the novel’s commentary on patriarchal violence lands thoughtfully on the world historical map. . . . when you close Strega, you continue to feel its presence.” Los Angeles Review of Books

“Transfixing. . . . A thought-provoking fairy tale for our flawed patriarchal world. . . . Vogel’s propulsive, incantatory translation is driven by hypnotic anaphora and punctuated by innumerable poetic gems. . . . [A] bravura spell.” — Star Tribune

“A sensuous tale. . . . Holm conjures a world of heady scents that is both supernatural and hyper-real. . . . [and] delivers a book that whispers a dark truth felt by many women.” The Spectator

Strega is short in length, but not in richly descriptive, dream-like prose. . . . With shades of The Virgin Suicides, The Shining and Suspiria, Strega is a beautifully written yet uneasy reflection on the expectations we place on young women, as well as the deepness of female friendship despite the violence inherent to our world.” —PureWow

“Captures the nausea-inducing anxiety of awaiting the worst. . . . Holm embraces the slow build to a horrific reveal with skill.”  —PopSugar

“From the very first page, Strega uses the images of crime stories to tell a deeper story of women’s bodies and trespassed boundaries. . . . [A] beautiful and haunting literary novel.”  —CrimeReads

“Stylish and spellbinding. . . . Readers won’t be able to turn away from this gorgeous and captivating work.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A fever dream meditation on girlhood, female friendships and unnamed dangers. . . . Strega is riveting: surreal, ominous. . . . [and] sharp in its observations about the harms that girls submit to when they become women.” —Shelf Awareness

“Holm masterfully uses imagery and symbolism, offering a modern Gothic allegory of the often degrading treatment of and expectations placed on young women.” Booklist

“Elegiac. . . . Lykke Holm’s prose—full of litanies of strange and striking imagery—is, without a doubt, the book’s greatest strength.” Kirkus Reviews

“A work of mythic reinvention about the power of girls coming of age in a world hell bent on containing their passions and imaginations. . . . Strega left me breathless, angry, and then thrilled by the dare it leaves in the reader’s lap.” —Lidia Yuknavitch, author of Thrust and The Chronology of Water

“Utterly immersive, Strega is a modern-day fairy tale in the primeval sense, a visceral, hallucinatory allegory of coming into womanhood. It’s at once timeless and completely new, with surprising and evocative prose—a glittering translation of a masterful work.”  —Julia Fine, author of The Upstairs House and What Should Be Wild

Strega is the kind of book Lolita would write if she wrote like Thomas Mann. Johanne Lykke Holm uses the young women as her stage and transports you to another world, where everything is scenography. As uncompromising and brilliant as she is disturbing, I am forever devoted to the cult of her.” —Olga Ravn, author of Booker International finalist The Employees

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