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House of the Waterlily

A Novel of the Ancient Maya World

Kelli Carmean

274 pages, 1 map

ISBN  978-1-78533-548-8 $150.00/£107.00 Hb Not Yet Published (August 2017)

ISBN  978-1-78533-549-5 $34.95/£24.00 Pb Not Yet Published (August 2017)

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House of the Waterlily is an excellent introduction into the world of the Classic Period Maya in large part because Carmean is a fine storyteller who weaves her narrative as beautifully as a ‘fine-spun’ huipil. This book would be an excellent addition to the course reading list for undergraduate students who are studying the ancient Maya.” · Scott Simmons, University of North Carolina, Wilmington

“Although fiction, House of the Waterlily is a powerful platform from which to begin a discussion of vast catastrophic events in the context of daily life in the late Classic period of this fascinating pre-Columbian civilization.” · Rob Swigart, author, Xibalba Gate: A Novel of the Classic Maya

Set in the world of the Mayan civilization’s Late Classic Period (ca. AD 550–830), House of the Waterlily is an affecting historical novel centering around Lady Winik, a young Maya noble girl. Through a series of adventures that mirror the political calamities afflicting the Maya, Winik’s story immerses the reader in her daily life—the architecture of ancient cities, the different roles of Mayan society, and the decisions Maya men and women must have been faced with as they tried to navigate a rapidly changing world. Kelli Carmean’s novel brings alive a people and an era remote from our own, yet recognizably human all the same.

Kelli Carmean holds a doctorate in Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh and teaches at Eastern Kentucky University. She wrote her dissertation on the household architecture in the residential area of Sayil, a major Maya site in the Yucatan Peninsula. Her first work of archaeological fiction was Creekside: An Archaeological Novel, which alternates between the present and life on the early Kentucky frontier

Subject: Archaeology General History General Cultural Studies
Area: Latin America

BISAC: SOC003000 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Archaeology; HIS061000 HISTORY/Latin America/Pre-Columbian Era; FIC014000 FICTION/Historical

BIC: HD Archaeology; JFC Cultural studies