A Brilliant, Incendiary Joan of Arc Story for a Ravaged Earth
"Telling the truth with precision and rage and a visionary’s eye, using both realism and fabulism, is one way to break through the white noise of a consumerist culture that tries to commodify post-apocalyptic fiction, to render it safe. But in Yuknavitch’s work there’s no quick cauterizing of the wound, nothing to allow us to engage in escapism. The result is a rich, heady concoction, rippling with provocative ideas. There is nothing in “The Book of Joan” that is not a great gift to Yuknavitch’s readers, if only they are ready to receive it."
Lidia Yuknavitch blasts Joan of Arc into outer space
"Once the reader accepts the incongruities and phantasmagorical exaggerations of Yuknavitch’s damning nightmare, the book offers a wealth of pathos, with plenty of resonant excruciations and some disturbing meditations on humanity’s place in creation."
THE WILD, REMARKABLE SEX SCENES OF LIDIA YUKNAVITCH
"Yuknavitch’s sex scenes are remarkable among current American novelists, not just for their explicitness but for the way she uses them to pursue questions of agency, selfhood, and the ethical implications of making art."
In 'The Book of Joan,' Lidia Yuknavitch blends dystopia with a redefinition of hope
"The Book of Joan," publishing Tuesday, April 18, made numerous "most anticipated books of 2017" lists, and Yuknavitch does not disappoint with this mesmerizing, mind-expanding read."
The Book of Joan
"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.”
"It is this liberatory experimentation with voice that distinguishes The Small Backs of Children and places it squarely in the realm of the most accomplished experimental fiction."
"The new addition is Lidia Yuknavitch’s The Small Backs of Children. I have never felt so wrung out by a novel and yet simultaneously invigorated. I mean all of this in recommendation: it’s a terrifically good novel and powerfully written, and it’s refreshing to be punched in the gut by a book now and then."
'The Small Backs Of Children' by Lidia Yuknavitch
The girl is an artist, and she paints with her own blood: waits for it to flow out of her and colors her canvases with red. Many necessities are in short supply in Lidia Yuknavitch’s furious and tender novel, “The Small Backs of Children” — peace, safety, protection from mortal pain — but blood is never one of them.
Review: Lidia Yuknavitch’s The Chronology of Water — A Body Memoir Gone Viral
“'Viral' is a good meme for a memoir about the body, and seems appropriate for a small book published in 2011 that’s still breaking 50,000 on Amazon, and keeps popping up on blogs and social media feeds. Lidia Yuknavitch’s The Chronology of Water is the kind of book that people don’t just read, but become converted to."