Acacia, a Book of Wonders

A Novel

978-1-68003-298-7 Paperback
6 x 9 x 0 in
330 pp.
Pub Date: 11/14/2023


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“...manufactures its own uncanny light by which to read.”
Selah Saterstrom, author of Ideal Suggestions and Slab
Strange, moving, extraordinary...”
Laird Hunt, author of Zorrie and Neverhome
“...magical and a revelation”
Janice Lee, author of Separation Anxiety and Imagine a Death

Acacia, a Book of Wonders tells the story of Petra Caldwell, the matriarch of Acacia, a new religious movement located in a densely wooded East Texas thicket. In this non-space of surreal and mystical happenings, the saints of Acacia worship birds as prophetic emblems and prepare for a prophesied end-times event known as The Commotions. All the while, Petra wrestles against the wiles set for her by her predecessor, the Prophetess Mother Salome Nightingale. Acacia, a Book of Wonders affords a unique vantage point in cult fiction: a narrative told from the perspective of the group’s leader.
From “Poisoned and Indisposed”
Against my best judgment, I returned to the sensations of the orb. The winged chair. I could build this. This was not beyond me. The gallery in The Pear House, explaining so much hidden lore of Acacia. I would commission these portents be created by the careful brush of Mya. And the chariot, borne by vultures. I would construct this.

Published by Texas Review Press