The Worming of America, Or, An Answer to the Arraignment of Women, by Autumn Leaf. Free-Grace Press, August 2018. 344 pages. $29.95, paper.

Please, do not get comfortable.

To worm is to move with difficulty. To worm is to foist one’s way into. To worm is to make a rope smooth by winding lengths of fiber between preexisting strands. To worm is to create momentum through artful and insidious means. To worm is to move as its namesake—in the dark, under the ground, remaining unseen, absent, and forgotten. Worming requires patience. Worming requires secrecy. Worms are multi-hearted. Worms, when severed, become multiple worms