Serpent’s Wake: A Tale for the Bitten is a magic realism novel intended for adults and young adults exploring how, once fractured, we may mend. After twelve years trapped in a serpent, a girl escapes and returns to her mountain village with a monstrous snakeskin trailing behind her. Once home, she finds her family and community also traumatized by her disappearance and violent story. A hunter targets her for shaming him; a trapper condemns her as a witch. Through symbolic milestones of trauma recovery, she encounters archetypes of brute, orphan, hermit, healer and mystic, on her journey towards freedom.
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