Why did I love this book?
“What if, when we visited the underworld, instead of trying to escape, we listened?” This is a line plucked from the middle of an unobtrusive paragraph in Initiated, but one that shatters me, one of a million perfect insights. In this book, Amanda Yates Garcia shares the story of her youth, often mired in trauma and hardship, yet she is always able to find the beauty and magic glimmering at the edges of experience. This book is particularly relevant now, as we find ourselves collectively gathering in the expanses of the underworld. Yates holds up a beacon and if we are willing to do the work, we may follow it to our own unique brand of glimmering magic.