Kathleen Wakefield's imagination constructed a minefield of malady when she wrote Snaketown. Snaketown's soil has been raped by the mining industry and infected by a contagious soul sickness, which has spread to its inbred and insular community. Here is a morality tale of darkness and decline told in brilliant lyrical detail, biblically enchanting. --Martine Bellen, author of 2X2 and The Vulnerability of Order
Snaketown is a shocking achievement. It's a vision carved in jagged, searing, native prose from the bleak landscape of the American psyche. This story of a crumbling community clinging to a rock, its people flawed and haunted and kin to us all, is an experience so vivid, so terrifying, and so compelling that I fear part of me will be stuck there forever. A work of rare beauty, it's art and storytelling of the highest order. --Steve Lattimore, author of Circumnavigation
In venomous lyricism, Kathleen Wakefield captures the sweltering emptiness at the rim of the high desert in another, woebegone time, where the rustling behind you may be angels' wings or diamondback scales. This scathing novella will remain with you long after you have put it away. A searing triumph. You must read this book! --Rita Williams, author of If The Creek Don't Rise
Kathleen Wakefield is a lyricist who began her songwriting career at Motown Records. She has worked in film and television with composers that include Academy Award winners Michel Colombier, Vangelis, and Gabriel Yared. Her stories have appeared in such journals as The Alaska Quarterly, Black River Review, The New Press, Salmagundi, Tabula Rasa, and West Branch. She lives in Los Angeles and the Pacific Northwest, where she is working on another novella, and a play in two acts.
When I began reading SNAKETOWN, I found it difficult to follow. I first thought Buddy was a man's name, then I got lost in the characters---the style somewhat alien to me--a bit... Read morePublished on January 21, 2011 by Michelle
Snaketown is a haunting tale of evil in the desert, so poetic and lyrical that the very rocks seem to speak of something elemental, ancient and dangerous. Read morePublished on December 17, 2010 by Birute Serota
Snaketown goes down like 20 year old scotch smuggled into a shotgun shack. Enough said. Buy. Read. Be carried away.Published on November 4, 2010 by Amazon Customer
With every stroke, Kathleen Wakefield's, SNAKETOWN carries us in heartbreaking yet unnerving razor edge exposure to an exquisite, dual interior/exterior excursion encompassing all... Read morePublished on October 1, 2010 by Sondra Kerr Blake
Snaketown is a literary manifesto on the lineage of abuse, culminating in a meditation on death. It's a visceral foray into a compelling universe, gifting the reader with an "out... Read morePublished on June 28, 2010 by A.M.