“Pity the small backs of children, he heard her saying. They carry death for us the second they are born.”
A fiercely provocative novel, exploring the treacherous borders between war and sex, love and art, from the author of The Book of Joan and The Chronology of Water
In a war-torn village in Eastern Europe, an American photographer captures a heart-stopping image: a young girl fleeing a fiery explosion that has engulfed her home and family. It becomes an icon for millions, winning acclaim and prizes – and a subject of obsession for one writer, the photographer’s best friend, who has suffered a tragedy of her own. With the flash of a camera, one girl’s life is shattered and another’s is altered forever.
“Wild … genuinely subversive”
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“A tour de force”
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“Intensely corporeal, potently feminist, tenaciously written”
“Lidia Yuknavitch burns through sex, art, and war”
“Explosive … with a vital intensity that grabs at the gutstrings”
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Lidia Yuknavitch is the author of the novels The Book of Joan, The Small Backs of Children and Dora: A Headcase as well as a highly acclaimed memoir, The Chronology of Water. Her TED talk, ‘The Beauty of Being a Misfit’, has been watched over two million times. Lidia teaches in Oregon, where she lives with her husband and their son.
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