It feels as though people are still talking about the tremendous night (and book) Portland’s Lidia Yuknavitch gave readers here the summer before last with her amazing 2015 novel, The Small Backs of Children. We are thrilled that she is back, and with another stunning new novel in hand, The Book of Joan (Harper). On all manner of ‘most anticipated lists’ for 2017, this does not disappoint.
“Yuknavitch writes with her characteristic fusion of poetic precision and barbed ferocity, and the ingenuity of the world she creates astounds even in the face of the novel’s ambitiously messy sprawl. Perhaps even more astounding is Yuknavitch’s prescience: readers will be familiar with the figure of Jean de Men, a celebrity-turned–drone-wielding–dictator who first presided over the Wars on Earth and now lords over CIEL, having substituted ‘all gods, all ethics, and all science with the power of representation, a notion born on Earth, evolved through media and technology.’ A harrowing and timely entry into the canon of speculative fiction.” — Kirkus Reviews.
“A sci-fi, dystopic retelling of the Joan of Arc story, Yuknavitch’s latest feels particularly essential at this moment in history. But then, every time we read something by the immensely talented Yuknavitch, it feels particularly essential.” — Nylon Magazine.