"Wieland tells the intricately woven story of three women whose lives intersect over time in ways only gradually revealed. . . . Wieland engages the reader in the emotional lives of each of these unique women, weaving their stories together during and after 9/11 to create a compelling story of the undeniable power of the muse."—Booklist
"Wieland is a vital voice in contemporary American fiction. Her prose is crisp, her voices are true, and her acuity is remarkable."—Colum McCann, author of the National Book Award-winning Let the Great World Spin
"Land of Enchantment is a beautifully written, dizzyingly knowledgeable examination of the intersection between art and life. It is the best novel I’ve read in the past year.”"—Charles Frazier, winner of the National Book Award for Cold Mountain
"In the beautifully entangled Land of Enchantment, events unfold on the surface but the novel’s nutrients lie below, in the powerful pulse of art that runs through, and in the connections and disconnections between the characters."—Raleigh News and Observerer
New Mexico, 1985. Brigid Long Night, a young half-Navajo painter, goes to work as an assistant for the elderly Georgia O’Keeffe. Haunted by the decision to give up her newborn daughter for adoption, Brigid struggles with the direction and inertia of her life. With O’Keeffe’s encouragement, Brigid develops a powerful style, incorporating language and wordplay as well as image in her portrayal of Native American life and her place in it.
Atlanta, 1995. Nancy Diamond, an aspiring playwright, encounters Brigid’s work and begins to understand the hidden truths about her own life as the child born of an affair between her white mother and an African American artist. New York City, 2001. Sasha Hernandez enrolls at Columbia University to study filmmaking. She has only recently discovered that her mother, living in Manhattan, is a celebrated painter and sculptor whose work is installed in the sculpture garden at the World Trade Center.
In Liza Wieland’s deeply moving novel, these interwoven stories show how art reveals the depth and complexity of human love, in all its betrayals and losses, beauty and redemption.
Liza Wieland is an American novelist, short story writer, and poet who has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, and the North Carolina Arts Council. She is the 2017 winner of the Robert Penn Warren Award for Fiction from the Fellowship of Southern Writers. She is the author of several books including A Watch of Nightingales, winner of the 2008 Michigan Literary Fiction Award and Paris, 7 A.M.
6 x 9, 296 pages, 1 color illustrations