Verge - Stories by Lidia Yuknavitch will be released February 4, 2020 and is now available for preorder.
A fiercely empathetic group portrait of the marginalized and outcast in moments of crisis, from one of the most galvanizing voices in American fiction.
I tell you, do not go near that place. Do not go near it. Graywolves guard the ground there. Girls are growing from guts, enough for a body and language all the way out of this world.
An eight-year-old trauma victim is enlisted as an underground courier, rushing frozen organs through the alleys of Eastern Europe. A young janitor transforms discarded objects into a fantastical, sprawling miniature city until a shocking discovery forces him to rethink his creation. A brazen child tells off a pack of schoolyard tormentors with the spirited invention of an eleventh commandment. A wounded man drives eastward, through tears and grief, toward an unexpected transcendence.
“Verge is a wonderful, challenging book. I know these people. I know their dilemmas, and where I don't recognize them, I believe them. The passion Lidia Yuknavitch brings to the page is astounding. I am caught up, shaken up, and now and then simply delighted. ‘Listen to this,’ I call out to friends, and then, minutes later: ‘No, wait, listen to this!’"
“A vertiginous and revelatory book whose characters—sometimes in desperate situations, and sometimes, finally, in a place of safety—have much to say about the world that we live in now. Lidia Yuknavitch is astonishing.”
—Kelly Link, author of Get in Trouble
“Verge is a bouquet of dynamite: explosive, deadly, and spectacularly beautiful. These stories captivated me like modern fairy tales, and like those dark lessons they showed me how resilience is forged through survival, beauty through brokenness, joy by fire. The women who occupy them are my favorite kinds of heroines: as flawed as they are furious, as bold as they are tender. I won't soon forget them."
—Melissa Febos, author of Whip Smart and Abandon Me
“Verge is dangerous. Lidia Yuknavitch, through multiple narratives, explores human endurance with brilliance and lightning power. She thunders life to each page. I am forever a fan.”
—Terese Marie Mailhot, New York Times–bestselling author of Heart Berries
Lidia Yuknavitch’s writing spans expectations and genres. Her national bestselling novel, The Book of Joan was named as a 2017 top 100 notable books in the New York Times Book Review, and 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 inspiring readers across the globe. 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 and and a critical book on war and narrative, Allegories Of Violence.
SECOND LANGUAGE, By Lidia Yuknavitch
"She tucked the corners of her face in and went back out into the world, knowing the red and blue trail her guts were leaving in the street behind her would repulse at least some people."
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."