Bruja

“It’s testament to Ortiz’s courage as a memoirist that she’s willing to live for a while on this submarine plane, among the elements that dictate her fate — and to invite her readers along for the show.”—Ellie Robins, Los Angeles Times

Bruja is a personal history and a travel journal, a book of emotional heft and bizarre incantations, a revelatory experiment and a literary scar produced by life. Ortiz favors short chapters and doesn’t mind letting readers into her mind and life, and the result of that is a book that reinvents what a memoir can be while retaining all the things it is supposed to accomplish as a shared text. This is a smart, strange, wonderfully expressive combination of fact and everything that hovers in the periphery of fact.”—Gabino Iglesias, Vol. 1 Brooklyn

Los Angeles Times review of Bruja by Ellie Robins (December 2016)

NBC News: “Amid Uncertain Times, 11 New & Necessary Latino Books to Read” by Rigoberto González

Vol. 1 Brooklyn review of Bruja by Gabino Iglesias

Bruja honored as one “Best Work of Experimental Literature (Film Editing)” in LitHub‘s “If They Gave Oscars to Books, Our 2016 Nominees” (Feb. 2017)

Review of Bruja for fields magazine by Kimmy Whitmer

Bruja on Literary Hub‘s Best Books of 2016 list

“In the Clutches of the Dreamoir” review by Matt E. Lewis for The Nervous Breakdown

“It the Interior’s Interior”: Vol. 1 Brooklyn interview with Tobias Carroll

Review of Bruja by Olga García Echeverría in La Bloga

“Season of the Witch: On Mirrors, Dreams, Astrology and Survival–A Conversation with Wendy C. Ortiz,” by Arielle Greenberg for Aster(ix) 

Interview with Kevin Catalano of The Coil 

“On Día de los Muertos and the Omens of Dreams” by Tina Vasquez at Rewire

Angel City Review review of Bruja by John Venegas

“Adventures in Wendyland” review by Rebecca Charlotte for CLASH

“Wendy C. Ortiz Chronicles a Dreamscape” interview with Nicholas Rys for Electric Literature

Excerpt of Bruja & interview with Elle Nash for Hobart

Review for Latino Book Review by Gerald A. Padilla

Review for Coal Hill Review by Melissa Grunow

“A Most Feminist Craft: Real Dreamscapes in Wendy C. Ortiz’s Bruja” by Monique Quintana for razorhouse blogazine

Best of 2016: Non-Fiction Books at Entropy

Review at DRYLAND by Amanda Hildebrand

“The 15 Must-Reads From Latin American and Latino Authors in 2016” from Remezcla

“She wields the dusky noir of Phillip Marlowe’s LA as deftly as the grime of Bukowski’s, intermingling them as nature intended, knowing that they don’t exist independently but conjoined, symbiotic. More than that, she channels the kind of quiet, surreal, late-afternoon quality that Didion used to describe bougainvillea-covered bungalows or strip malls baked in the sun…It is in this fashion that Ortiz explores herself and her world: she extends the Lynchian weirdness of Mullholland Drive to cover all aspects of her own life there – every musky pupuseria, immaculately-trimmed rosebush behind white iron bars, or laundromat where John Varvatos and dollar-store fashions are washed side by side.”—Matt E. Lewis, The Nervous Breakdown

What Ortiz does for the memoir here is comparable to what Flaubert’s Madame Bovary did for modern realist narration or what Capote’s In Cold Blood did for the nonfiction novel. Simply put, Ortiz’s “dreamoir” is a new thing and this book will be the starting point for a movement as well as the go-text for all upcoming memoirs that inhabit the interstitial space between reality, memory, very personal surrealism, and dreams.” —”Best 21 Books of 2016″, [PANK]