The Book of Joan

Lidia Yuknavitch

Burning is an art
The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch (Hardback ISBN 9781786892393) book cover

Available as Hardback

18 January 2018

Internationally bestselling author Lidia Yuknavitch offers a vision of our near-extinction and a re-imagined Joan of Arc poised to save a world ravaged by war, in this genre-defying masterpiece

New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice
25 Most Anticipated Books by Women for 2017, Elle Magazine
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15 Best Books of 2017, Esquire
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In the near future, world wars have transformed the earth into a battleground. Fleeing the unending violence and the planet’s now-radioactive surface, humans have regrouped to a mysterious platform known as CIEL, hovering over their erstwhile home. The changed world has turned evolution on its head: the surviving humans have become sexless, hairless, pale-white creatures floating in isolation, inscribing stories upon their skin.

Out of the ranks of the endless wars rises Jean de Men, a charismatic and bloodthirsty cult leader who turns CIEL into a quasi-corporate police state. A group of rebels unite to dismantle his iron rule - galvanised by the heroic song of Joan, a child-warrior who possesses a mysterious force that lives within her.

A riveting tale of destruction and love found in the direst of places, Lidia Yuknavitch’s The Book of Joan raises questions about what it means to be human, the fluidity of sex and gender, and the role of art as a means for survival. It’s a genre-defying masterpiece that may very well rewire your brain.


“Brilliant and incendiary, mixing realism and fabulism”
new York Times Book Review

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“Radical, raw, and inventive”
esquire

The Book of Joan has the same unflinching quality as earlier works by Josephine Saxton, Doris Lessing, Frank Herbert, Ursula K. Le Guin and J.G. Ballard. Yet it’s also radically new, full of maniacal invention and page-turning momentum … A rich, heady concoction, rippling with provocative ideas”
Jeff Vandermeer
new York Times

“A raucous celebration, a searing condemnation, and fiercely imaginative retelling of Joan of Arc’s transcendent life”
Roxane Gay

“Riveting, ravishing, and crazy deep … As ferociously intelligent as it is heart-wrenchingly humane, as generous as it is relentless, as irresistible as it is important … genius”
Cheryl Strayed


Lidia Yuknavitch

Lidia Yuknavitch is the author of the National Bestselling novel The Small Backs of Children (winner of the 2016 Oregon Book Award’s Ken Kesey Award for Fiction and the Reader’s Choice Award), the novel Dora: A Headcase, and three books of short fiction. 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. Lidia received her doctorate in Literature from the University of Oregon. She lives and teaches in Oregon with her husband Andy Mingo and their renaissance man son, Miles. She is a very good swimmer.

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