Lizz Huerta is a widely-admired Mexi-Rican short story writer and essayist, published in Lightspeed, The Cut, The Portland Review, The Rumpus, Miami Rail, and more. Her short story The Wall is included in the anthology A People's Future of the United States. Huerta has also been a 2018 Bread Loaf Fellow, a five-time VONA Fellow, and the winner of the LUMINA fiction contest, selected by Roxane Gay, who called her writing a menacing inescapable seduction. She has appeared on CSPAN's BookTV to discuss the erasure of Mexican American Studies in Arizona, and has taught creative writing to homeless youth through San Diego nonprofit So Say We All.
A Most Anticipated 2022 selection by Buzzfeed, TOR.com, HipLatina, The Portalist, The Nerd Daily, and Forever Young Adult! A transcendent story of community, sisterhood, and resilience set in a richly drawn world. Lizz Huerta is a powerful new voice in fantasy. --Katy Rose Pool, author of There Will Come a Darkness Lizz Huerta's radiant debut reminds us that our power is in our own instincts, even in moments of chaotic change. --Xochitl Gonzalez, author of Olga Dies Dreaming The ancient Mesoamerican setting for this complex fantasy is a stunner, exquisitely described in subtle, steady ways that ultimately build to a full world with histories, cultural details, mythology, and politics. --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (BCCB), STARRED REVIEW Next Spring's buzziest fantasy debut. --Entertainment Weekly Glorious worldbuilding and powerful leads make this a can't-miss read! --Buzzfeed Perfect for readers who love rich worldbuilding and want to see patriarchal systems burn down. --The Portalist