"Post-apocalyptic fiction too often pays lip service to serious problems like climate change while allowing the reader to walk away unscathed, cocooned in an ironic escapism and convinced that the impending disaster is remote. Not so with Lidia Yuknavitch’s brilliant and incendiary new novel, which speaks to the reader in raw, boldly honest terms. “The Book of Joan” has the same unflinching quality as earlier works by Josephine Saxton, Doris Lessing, Frank Herbert, Ursula K. Le Guin and J. G. Ballard. Yet it’s also radically new, full of maniacal invention and page-turning momentum." -New York Times
Lidia Yuknavitch is the author of The Book of Joan new from Harper.
Her national bestselling novel The Small Backs of Children was the winner of the 2016 Oregon Book Award's Ken Kesey Award for Fiction as well as the Reader's Choice Award. The Misfit's Manifesto, a book spawned from her Ted Talk The Beauty of Being A Misfit, is forthcoming in the fall of 2017. Her widely acclaimed memoir The Chronology of Water was a finalist for a PEN Center USA Award for creative nonfiction and winner of a PNBA Award and the Oregon Book Award Reader's Choice. She also wrote the novel Dora: A Headcase, three books of short fictions – Her Other Mouths, Liberty's Excess, and Real TO Reel, and a critical book on war and narrative, Allegories Of Violence.
WOVEN, By Lidia Yuknavitch
"Every story I have ever told has a kind of breach to it, I think. You could say that my writing isn’t quite right. That all the beginnings have endings in them."
I WILL ALWAYS INHABIT THE WATER: ON LIVING A SWIMMER'S LIFE, By Lidia Yuknavitch
"Lately I’ve been haunted by Dickinson’s poem about the two swimmers wrestling on the spar. This has happened before in my life, me the lifelong swimmer, after all."
CIVIC MEMORY, FEMINIST FUTURE: A PERSONAL AND POLITICAL HISTORY FROM Lidia Yuknavitch
"Seventeen is the heat and sweat of Florida and the rush of hormones but my desires move toward other girls about to be women and I do not have a prom queen body or a Seventeen body."
ON BEING A WOMAN WRITER, By Lidia Yuknavitch
"Being a woman writer, I entered the vast stage of white with a woman’s body. Having carried life, I entered with a maternal body. Having loved and desired, I entered as a loving, desiring body."
THE UNSPEAKABLE THINGS BETWEEN OUR BELLIES, By Lidia Yuknavitch
"It’s taken me twenty years to make sentences of it. It’s a big deal to make a sentence."
EXPLICIT VIOLENCE, By Lidia Yuknavitch
"I’m trying to tell you something here, but it’s starting to sound like what I’m saying is that I deserved these violences. Let me be clear."