What a richly entangled novel Liza Wieland gives us in Land of Enchantment (Syracuse University Press, $24.95).
If you like novels written with a painterly eye, you will love this one. Opening in the mid-1980s outside Santa Fe, N.M., we not only get George O’Keeffe (for a few chapters) but also the unstoppable Brigid Long Night, a half-Navajo, half-German young woman who surrenders her day-old infant daughter Sasha to a couple. The ambitious and talented Brigid apprentices herself to O’Keeffe, which leads to art school in New York and ultimately fame.
But, oh, the real story lies beneath the surface. The interplay of character upon character. The light and the dark. The boldness and the temerity. There are passages agnozing to read, such as the one in New York where the loved ones of the victims of 9-11 dig through layers of rubble, searching, searching.
But thats what each character does in this novel -- search, search, search. Sasha, of course, for her birth mother. Others, merely for direction. Or for something they can’t name.You don’t want to miss this reading.
WHAT: Liza Wieland reads from her novel Land of Enchantment
WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursday.
WHERE: Park Road Boos, 4139 Park Road, Charlotte, N.C., 28209
COST: Free and open to the public