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Lidia Yuknavitch

Author of The Book of Joan

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About the Author

Lidia Yuknavitch teaches fiction writing and literature in Oregon

Works by Lidia Yuknavitch

The Book of Joan (2017) 535 copies
The Small Backs of Children (2015) 245 copies
Dora: A Headcase (2012) 186 copies
Thrust (2022) 127 copies
Verge: Stories (2020) 106 copies
The Misfit's Manifesto (2017) 95 copies
Liberty's Excess: Fictions (2000) 19 copies
Real to Reel (2003) 19 copies
her other mouths (1997) 7 copies
Northwest Edge III: The End of Reality (2006) — Editor — 6 copies
Northwest Edge: Deviant Fictions (2000) — Editor — 6 copies
Thrust (2022) 2 copies

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I’m getting soft. Maybe it’s the ongoing strain of the pandemic or my solitary life or the annoyance of the cat retching in the carpet, but I find reading ugly things quite off-putting.
This is an ugly book.
It grabs at you, it pulls you under, it makes you gradually want to hate even more about your life.
Masterfully done, but I don’t know that I need to read more about prostitutes or banal sex involving various spurtings to transport me. I wonder if any artist can be so without a series of years in addictions of one sort or another. From my white bread world, lacking in abusive childhood or molested present, not addicted to anything except maybe chocolate, it makes me despair of ever having anything interesting to say. Privilege is so boring.
So I stopped partway through. There is so much ugliness in the world today I feel the need for redemption instead- not the sugar-pasty redemption of feel good poetry or maxims, but maybe, maybe, a tale of a life that wasn’t so grim as to break ones knees on the floor. Can’t there ever be a glimmer of light, somewhere?
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Dabble58 | 5 other reviews | Nov 11, 2023 |
I weep. As I have never wept for words read or absorbed or imagined...

... or hoped for.

I think I may finally appreciate that mysterious force previously defined as "poetry."

That is all I have to say about this beautiful, terrible, inconceivable novel.

Read it.
BreePye | 33 other reviews | Oct 6, 2023 |

Time-travelling meditation on the Statue of Liberty. More fantasy than sf, and more importantly it doesn’t quite stick the landing.
nwhyte | 2 other reviews | Aug 28, 2023 |
Page 160 is where I stopped. The book has been on my night stand for weeks as I read in bursts. But the brilliance of the writing is overshadowed by the brutality of the narrative and my emotional energy was needed for the lovely ordinary challenge of real life.

Not one character, however skillfully and believably rendered, resembles anyone I've ever known. (Perhaps merely an indication that I live a sheltered life and am not the intended audience.) Nearly the entire ensemble is so violent that I didn't care enough to finish the book and find out what happened to them.

Stunning word-craft and innovative structure, notwithstanding: I just couldn't.
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rebwaring | 11 other reviews | Aug 14, 2023 |



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Trevor Dodge Editor, Contributor
L. N. Pearson Editor, Contributor
Brigid Yukman Contributor
Caitlin Sullivan Contributor
Matthew Stadler Contributor
David Shields Contributor
Elizabeth Shé Contributor
Steven Shaviro Contributor
Shamina Senaratne Contributor
David Pinson Contributor
Virginia Paterson Contributor
Chuck Palahniuk Contributor
Lance Olsen Contributor
Doug Nufer Contributor
Judy MacInnes, Jr. Contributor
Billie Livingston Contributor
Stacey Levin Contributor
Michael Kroetch Contributor
Richard Kraft Contributor
Leon Johnson Contributor
Colin Dickey Contributor
Paula Coomer Contributor
Brian Christopher Contributor
Meagan Atiyeh Contributor
Diana Abu-Jaber Contributor
Xe Sands Narrator.
Florian Schommer Illustrator
Rachel Willey Cover designer


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