“Eye-opening and unforgettable.”
—Ibram X. Kendi
“Engaging, horrifying, and informative—Darby offers an important, fresh angle on the problems tearing our country apart.”
Far more than mere helpmeets, women have been sustaining features of white nationalism in America, from the Ku Klux Klan to “massive resistance” to civil rights to the alt-right. Through the stories of three main subjects—Corinna, Ayla, and Lana—Sisters in Hate shows how the work that women do to normalize and propagate racist extremism has consequences well beyond the hate movement.
Here’s a full description of the book. It was published on July 21, 2020 by Little, Brown. You can order it wherever you like to get your books, including:
Featured in LitHub: 2020 Summer Books Preview, TIME: Best New Books of July, & Bitch Media: 17 Books Feminists Should Read in July. You can listen to me talk about it on the Longform Podcast.
Praise for Sisters in Hate
“Seyward Darby’s eye-opening and unforgettable book sheds light on the often-hidden movers of America’s growing white nationalist movement: women. By telling the riveting story of the lives of three women advancing their agendas of bigotry, Darby exposes the ways in which white nationalism hinges on the contributions of women.”
—Ibram X. Kendi, National Book Award-winning and #1 New York Times bestselling author of Stamped from the Beginning and How to Be an Anti-Racist
“Trump 2016. Charlottesville 2017. How to understand the unavoidable fact of masses of white women at the core of white nationalism, a movement marked by misogyny? With enormous care, Seyward Darby discovers the hungers within white women’s attraction to hateful conspiracy theories of anti-Semitism and racism. Hers is a riveting account that I could not put down.”
—Nell Irvin Painter, author of the bestseller The History of White People
“There is no more urgent story in America than the resurgence of violent white supremacist groups in America. Sisters in Hate delivers an invaluable examination of the ideologies at this movement’s core by tracing the stories of three women who found themselves seduced by lies of hatred. Darby provides the most in-depth reporting I’ve ever encountered on the role of women in this emboldened movement, while unflinchingly dissecting the misogyny implanted at its ideological core. Those who’ve spent recent years wondering “how” will find the unsettling answers within this book’s pages.”
—Wesley Lowery, author of They Can’t Kill Us All
“A brave, detailed, and insightful portrait of three women who came to advocate the alt-right’s bigotry, but a portrait that is not simplistic. Especially valuable is its examination of the women’s complex and contradictory ideas about gender and the appropriate place for women.”
—Linda Gordon, winner of the Bancroft Prize and author of The Second Coming of the KKK
“A masterfully reported and incisive look at the virulence of American extremism, as seen through the eyes of three white women who trafficked in monstrous prejudice. Now, more than ever, it’s important to comprehend, and not look away, from the unspeakable damage caused by the far right, and Darby’s book helps us understand the critical role women play in spreading such dangerous ideas.”
—Sarah Weinman, author of The Real Lolita
“‘Women are the hate movement’s dulcet voices and its standard bearers,’ Seyward Darby observes in Sisters in Hate—a timely, deeply reported, and chilling exploration of the role that women play in promoting white nationalism. By exploring the lives of three different women who have embraced white supremacy, Darby holds a mirror up to American society, illuminating the forces at work within our culture that continue, to this day, to lead to radicalization and violence. Sisters in Hate is a warning cry for the future while also suggesting the possibility of another, better path forward.
—Pamela Colloff, New York Times and Pro Publica senior reporter and National Magazine Award winner
“This book is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the origins and depths of modern white supremacy. With dogged reporting and exacting prose, Seyward Darby not only paints a gripping portrait of the women enmeshed in hate movements, she reveals how seeds of racism take hold in minds and communities. Sisters in Hate is terrible and mesmerizing, a book perfectly pitched for this moment.”
—Evan Ratliff, author of The Mastermind, a New York Times Notable Book of 2019
“A gripping, terrifying look at the white women who are pumping racist hate into the heart of their communities. Darby’s clear-eyed and nuanced insights are essential for ending the racial hate movement in America.”
—Kathleen Blee, author of Women of the Klan and Inside Organized Racism
“No, I don’t want to hang out in the minds of white nationalists either, but Darby does that on the reader’s behalf, promising a book that probes the architecture of ‘the war embedded in the landscape’ of the U.S., American identity, and the oft-overlooked role of women therein.”
―Lauren Markham, award-winning author of The Far Away Brothers
“One of the best books of 2020, and it’s not close.”
―Evette Dionne, editor in chief of Bitch Media
Coverage & Reviews
“How Do Women Become White Supremacists?” A conversation with Rolling Stone.
“The Former Feminist Who Turned to White Supremacy.” An excerpt in Jezebel.
“Finding the Women of the White-Nationalist Movement.” A conversation with CNN.
“How White Nationalists Weaponize Motherhood.” A conversation with The Cut.
“Hate Is Both a Collective and an Individual Failing.” A conversation with People.
“Confronting a History of Hate.” A conversation with The PEN Pod.
“How White Women Get Written Out of the Hate Movement.” An essay for Written Out.
“[A] revelatory and harrowing debut…. Darby writes with a clear sense of purpose and makes a concerted effort to understand why women would ‘fight against their own interests.’ The result is a disturbing and informative must-read.” A review in Publishers Weekly.
“Darby sketches her subjects finely, with a level of detail that never feels forced…. [A] dark counterpart to the books white Americans are buying by the truckload in order to learn how to talk about race.” A review in NPR.
“Darby exposes the important roles that women play—and have played throughout history—in movements based on white nationalism and white supremacy…. This book is eye-opening and incredibly timely.” A review in Booklist.
Want to talk about the book?
Reach me through my contact page or email Sabrina Callahan at Little, Brown:
Sabrina (dot) Callahan (at) hbgusa (dot) com
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