Trinity Sight by Jennifer Givhan
Winner of the 2020 Southwest Book Award
“Our people are survivors,” Calliope’s great-grandmother once told her of their Puebloan roots—could Bisabuela’s ancient myths be true?
Anthropologist Calliope Santiago awakens to find herself in a strange and sinister wasteland, a shadow of the New Mexico she knew. Empty vehicles litter the road. Everyone has disappeared—or almost everyone. Calliope, heavy-bellied with the twins she carries inside her, must make her way across this dangerous landscape with a group of fellow survivors, confronting violent inhabitants, in search of answers. Long-dead volcanoes erupt, the ground rattles and splits, and monsters come to ominous life. The impossible suddenly real, Calliope will be forced to reconcile the geological record with the heritage she once denied if she wants to survive and deliver her unborn babies into this uncertain new world.
Rooted in indigenous oral-history traditions and contemporary apocalypse fiction, Trinity Sight asks readers to consider science versus faith and personal identity versus ancestral connection. Lyrically written and utterly original, Trinity Sight brings readers to the precipice of the end-of-times and the hope for redemption.
“January Lavoy narrates a powerful dystopian saga…LaVoy perfectly captures the terrible cascade of emotions Calliope experiences…[and] wholly embodies the agonizing despair experienced by several characters…LaVoy’s meticulous attention to detail shows in the care with which she voices all of the survivors Calliope surrounds herself with, each a different age and ethnicity, most with terrible psychological burdens, but all fiercely determined to persist. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” —AudioFile
“Trinity Sight, poet Jennifer Givhan’s debut novel, is more than a dystopian road trip. Lyrical language and indigenous traditions elevate it into a nuanced examination of faith in the face of cataclysm…This is an original, emotional story written by a master of imaginative language.” —Shelf Awareness
“A vivid, thought-provoking story that feels both intensely real and sublimely magical. I didn’t realize how much I was craving a completely original story like this one!” —Mia Sheridan, New York Times bestselling author
“Trinity Sight, with its genre-bending brilliance, beguiling characters, and fearless heroine, is the most original, thought-provoking novel I’ve read in years. A blueprint for rebirth in the twenty-first century.” —Alexis Rhone Fancher, poetry editor for Cultural Weekly and author of Enter Here and Junkie Wife
“Trinity Sight is a much-needed twist on the postapocalyptic novel, at once action-packed and filled with thoughtful meditations on science, belief, story, and belonging. Givhan vividly brings to life Puebloan oral history and the fierce, fantastical beauty of the Southwest, in a timely reckoning for the destruction wrought upon our world.” —Kim Fu, author of The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore
Jennifer Givhan, a National Endowment for the Arts and PEN/Rosenthal Emerging Voices fellow, is a Chicana and indigenous novelist, poet, and transformational coach. She is the author of Jubilee, which received an honorable mention for the 2021 Rudolfo Anaya Best Latino-Focused Fiction Book Award, and Trinity Sight, winner of the 2020 Southwest Book Award. She has also published four full-length poetry collections and her honors include the Frost Place Latinx Scholarship and the Joy Harjo Poetry Prize. She raises her children in New Mexico.
January LaVoy, winner of numerous awards for narration, was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine in 2019. She is an American actress best known for her character Noelle Ortiz on the ABC daytime drama One Life to Live. In addition to working extensively in narration and television, including roles on Law & Order and All My Children, she has worked on and off Broadway as well as in regional theater.