Monica West

Monica West

2022 PFWA

Every year, the Horton family travels across the South for revival season, when the family patriarch – one of the South’s most famous preachers – uses his healing powers on people desperate to be cured. This year, however, his teenaged daughter, Miriam, discovers a shocking secret that puts her at odds with both her faith and her father in this powerful debut novel. Celebrating both feminism and faith, Revival Season is a story of spiritual awakening and disillusionment in a Southern, black, evangelical community. 

West was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. She received her BA from Duke University, her MA from NYU, and her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop where she was a Rona Jaffe Graduate Fellow. She was a Southern Methodist University Kimbilio Fellow in 2014, and a Hedgebrook Writer in Residence in 2021.

“Monica West. . . creates a vivid, intimate world on the page.” —New York Times 

‘It is nearly impossible to avoid falling in love with Miriam.” –  Washington Post.

 “. . . astounding in its power to transport the reader to another universe.” – Seattle Times

“A spectacular coming-of-age novel.”- The Millions