Christine Eber’s First Novel: When a Woman Rises

August 30, 2018

Weaving for Justice is pleased to announce the publication of When a Woman Rises, the debut novel of founding member Christine Eber. The book draws from her over 30 years of friendships with Tsotsil-Maya women weavers and community organizers in highland Chiapas, Mexico.

In the novel, Magdalena from Chenalhó, Chiapas tells the story of her best friend Lucia who has been missing for ten years. Magdalena recounts how as children they dreamed of going on in school after primary school and how as adults they faced the challenges of poverty, racism, and rigid gender roles. Both women eventually join the Zapatista movement and struggle to reconcile the many demands on them as kinswomen and community organizers.

With the deft touch of a novelist and the sharp eye of an anthropologist, Christine Eber tells a luminous, spiritually-charged tale of an indigenous Maya community adapting to the wrenching demands of the outside world. When a Woman Rises is a jewel of a book—engaging, moving, tragic, and ultimately transporting.

– Peter Canby, senior editor, The New Yorker, author of Heart of the Sky: Travels Among the Maya

Christine Eber has fulfilled her cargo with this exquisitely drawn and incandescent novel of the lives of women in the Mayan community of Chenalhó in Chiapas. Detailing the lives of friends Magdalena and Lucia, the novel builds slowly, resolutely, and powerfully toward a greater understanding of what it is to be a woman. That charge is to know the inexorable beauty and pain of being human.

– Denise Chávez, author of The King and Queen of Comezón
You may pre-order the book
from Cinco Puntos Press in hardback and paperback.

After the release date on Sept. 10th the novel can be purchased from your local bookstores and on the internet in hardback, paperback or electronic edition.

Pachanga to Celebrate the Book

If you are in the Las Cruces area, please stop by the book launch:

Friday, September 28th 6-8 pm
at Casa Camino Real Bookstore
314 S. Tornillo St., Las Cruces

At 7pm Christine will do a brief reading from the book followed by cake. Weavings from the cooperatives in Chiapas will be available for sale.

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