SUBDUCTION a lyrical and atmospheric debut


Kristen Millares Young is a journalist, essayist, book critic and novelist, as well as the current Prose Writer-in-Residence at Hugo House in Seattle. Her debut novel Subduction (Red Hen Press, April 20) is a lyric retelling of the troubled history of encounter in the Americas. It has been called an “utterly unique and important first novel” by Ms. Magazine and a “lyrical and atmospheric debut” by Kirkus Reviews. Foreword Reviews called it “a gritty novel in which floundering people find hope and understanding where they least expect it.”

Subduction follows a Latinx anthropologist, Claudia, as she embarks on fieldwork on the Makah Indian Reservation carrying serious baggage – her husband just ran off with her sister. Claudia loses control as soon as she arrives in Neah Bay, where she begins an affair with Peter, the son of her best research participant. Claudia helps Peter’s family convey a legacy delayed for decades by the death of his father. But her presence, echoing centuries of fraught contact with indigenous peoples, brings lasting change and real damage.

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