Rivka Galchen, 2021 Atwood Gibson Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize finalist
2021 FinalistAtwood Gibson Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize
for Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch
"Rivka Galchen’s fiercely intelligent novel Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch chronicles a seventeenth-century accusation of witchcraft, but speaks with urgency to our world today. Katharina Kepler, the illiterate widow at the heart of the book – and mother to the famous mathematician – is wry, caustic, and wickedly funny as she dictates her defense. Risking torture, social ruin, and death, Katharina must navigate the perilousness of living in a world that denies her basic human rights. Here is a powerful indictment of misogyny, gossip, and the casual cruelty of crowds. Galchen’s novel shines with empathy and understanding, using the past to dissect and examine one of the essential crises of our time: the conflict between science and superstition, between what is true and what everyone believes to be true."
—2021 Atwood Gibson Writers' Trust Fiction Prize Jury (Rebecca Fisseha, Michelle Good, and Steven Price)