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The Change – Kirsten Miller – “‘Witch’ is the label society slaps on women it can’t understand or control.”

The change by Kirsten Miller is a violent and magical reminder that outside of our privilege bubbles, equity, prejudice, and sexism still rule the world.

I have read magic realism a few times before, but I was not convinced if those traits appealed to me. I dive into this novel with caution, but when I let myself go, this was an incredible read that rekindle my love for Romanticism. Although this novel does not fully fit into the literary movement of Romanticism, I still see how wonderful and appealing the power of nature is.

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During The Change, Kirsten points out how the system, the policies, and the law is corrupt and beneficiates only a group of cisgender, rich, old, and white men. To counter the evil powers of inequity and sexism, Kirsten writes one of the most captivating and powerful characters I have encountered in a while. An unapologetic, blunt, truthful, and wise green witch. Harriett Osborne became the epitome of power, feminism, vengeance, and justice after being discarded, replaced, and disposed of by men, her boss, colleagues, and her husband.

Harriet’s metamorphosis happened as she opened her eyes and saw the world like it is: a man’s world. And in the words of Marina Diamandis, Harriet refused to “live in a man’s world anymore.” All condescending, controlling, lying, and manipulative techniques used by the men in the novel were no longer effective. She evolved into a higher ethereal being, bound to Earth, but mother earth was the same that gave her the power and the tools. The symbolism that Earth beneficiated Harriet with such abilities is what rekindled my love for Romanticism. There is no stronger way to point out that Earth and nature are nurturing and that women can run the world.

Although some magical and fictional events happened, the story’s essence sticks to its origin: justice for women and bringing down the network of rich men ruining the world. I advise readers to cautiously dive into this novel since some events, although not explicit, might be triggering. Like the mention of sexual
relationships with minors, human trafficking, and sometimes heavy language. Interestingly enough, the author approaches lightly the fact that not all men are evil, just like not all women are good.

Through a series of events, tragedies, and thrilling suspense, Kirsten allows this story to bloom into dangerous poison ivy. Justice was taken, the evil guys were dealt with, and women were finally allowed to succeed in the world.


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