Lacy M. Johnson
Here from Houston, where she teaches creative nonfiction at Rice University is Lacy M. Johnson with an extraordinary new book. The Reckonings (Scribner) is a book of essays, meditations and ruminations on what vengeance, retribution, contrition, compassion, justice, mercy, and grace are. A lot is in here, richly so. Much of her writing here was prompted by response to her acclaimed 2014 memoir, The Other Side, an account of being sexually assaulted which received widespread praise and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.
“Lacy M. Johnson’s The Reckonings is breathtaking. At the heart of this book of essays is both the body of an individual woman and the body of the world, both endlessly transgressed and yet able to endure with defiance and bold beauty. Whatever we mean when we say justice, Lacy M. Johnson reminds us how love must be threaded through the everything, a love that is a fierce life-force and not an apology. Here is a woman whose voice and body have moved through violence to refuse cultural inscription. Let that be song.” —Lidia Yuknavitch.
"Through prose that is at once passionate and percussive, Lacy Johnson's The Reckonings demands that we place justice and discovery at the center of our conversations, memories, imaginations, and art. I don't know that I've ever been happier to be alive after reading any book … The Reckonings is proof that caring about this place, and getting lost in the minutiae of what makes us unjust might actually be a pre-req for creating incredible, life-altering, just art." —Kiese Laymon.
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