Conjure Women was my first buddy read with my amazing bookish girl gang on Bookstagram and I’m so glad that we selected this as our first book because there was a lot to digest and discuss afterwards, hence the reason I delayed writing this review as long as I did.
Conjure Women is set in the South and spans over the course of multiple generations before and after the Civil War. Moving back and forth in time among the characters, this story focuses on three women- a healing woman named May Belle, her daughter Rue, and their master’s daughter, Varina. The secrets and deep-rooted bonds that these three women share come to a head when the Civil War begins and upon the birth of a child that is believed to be cursed. The birth of this child, Bean, brings forth a lot of fear and superstition among the townspeople that they worry will threaten their newfound freedom.
While this book was beautifully written and very interesting, I feel like I read this at the wrong time because I struggled with being able to focus and deeply appreciate everything being presented in the story. I fully intend on re-reading this book when I am able to devote all of the attention that it deserves. For now, I absolutely can’t give this book anything less than a rating of 4 stars because the story overall was very rich and beautifully written with complex characters. It is very clear how much passion went into writing this story.
If you’ve already read this book, I would love to know your thoughts on it and continue to discuss it! 🤗
BEER PAIRING: Conjure Women by Afia Atakora is best paired with Bamburana by Oskar Blues Brewery and Cigar City Brewing. This boozy beer is an imperial stout double barrel-aged in whiskey and brandy barrels with amburana wood spirals, dates and figs. The wood produces a warm, gingerbread spice flavor as well as hints of vanilla 🍻