The Beauty of Being a Misfit with Lidia Yuknavitch

“In her acclaimed novels and memoir, author Lidia Yuknavitch navigates the intersection of tragedy and violence to draw new roadmaps for self­-discovery….Her prose erases the boundaries between memoir and fiction, explodes gender binaries and focuses on the visceral minutiae of the body.” —TedTalks

Lidia Yuknavitch is the author of the widely acclaimed memoir The Chronology of Water, a finalist for a PEN Center USA award for creative nonfiction and winner of the 2011 Oregon Book Award Reader’s Choice. The book garnered her a cult following for his honesty and intensity in dealing with loss, abuse, and addiction, as her hopes for Olympic swimming are derailed. Her two National Bestselling novels are The Small Backs of Children, winner of the 2016 Oregon Book Award’s Ken Kesey Award for Fiction as well as the Reader’s Choice Award and The Book of Joan(2017), a reimagining of Joan of Arc, poised to save a world ravaged by war, violence, and greed, and forever change history, named a Washington Post Book of the Year. The Book of Joan has the singular distinction of being an ‘answer’ on Jeopardy in 2018. She is also the author of the novel Dora: A Headcase, and a critical book on war and narrative, Allegories Of Violence. Her first collection of short stories Verge (Penguin Random House, 2020), is her first book in two years.


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