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67. A Psalm of Storms and Silence by Roseanne A. Brown

Welcome back, coven! In this episode we are discussing A Psalm of Storms and Silence by Roseanne A. Brown, the sequel to A Song of Wraths and Ruin which we talked about all the way back in episode 39! This book picks up right were the last one left off with Karina on the run and Malik living in the palace with Hanan who was brought back from the dead, and Fareed basically in control of everything. Chaos does indeed ensue!

Content warning for discussions of self-harm, suicidal ideation, and miscarriage. Take care of yourself folks, and if you don’t feel up to listening to this episode at the moment, feel free to come back to it later or skip this one. We’ll talk about it in the “Kill Your Darlings” segment towards the end and provide a warning there, too [37:11-39:48]. 

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  • [cw: miscarriage]
    • There is mention at the beginning of the book that Hanan and Karina’s mother had been through a few miscarriages, and this is a YA book, but I think it’s important for people to know that 10-20% of pregnancies end in a miscarriage, and because we don’t talk about that, many people who experience them feel like it’s their fault. So I appreciated this mention in a book for young people who may have had loved ones who experienced a miscarriage or they may have experienced them themselves, so it’s important to have these kinds of discussions.
  • [cw: suicide and self harm]
    • We see Malik using self harm as a way to control his mind, and the god living there, and thinking about killing himself. This is another thing that I think can be an important topic to talk about with young people. I hope people know there are people who are there for you and want to help you, and if you need help, please reach out. We’ll link to the suicide prevention hotline and the trevor project in case you feel like you need someone to reach out to. 

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