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Lidia Yuknavitch

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Lidia Yuknavitch is the author of the National Bestselling novels The Book of Joan and The Small Backs of Children, winner of the 2016 Oregon Book Award's Ken Kesey Award for Fiction as well as the Reader's Choice Award, and the novel Dora: A Headcase, 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. Her nonfiction book based on her TED Talk, The Misfit's Manifesto, is forthcoming from TED Books.

She founded the workshop series Corporeal Writing in Portland Oregon, where she teaches both in person and online. She received her doctorate in Literature from the University of Oregon. She lives in Oregon with
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Average rating: 3.74 · 15,282 ratings · 2,678 reviews · 26 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Chronology of Water

4.21 avg rating — 5,973 ratings — published 2011 — 10 editions
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The Book of Joan

3.11 avg rating — 3,399 ratings — published 2017 — 18 editions
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The Small Backs of Children

3.47 avg rating — 2,477 ratings — published 2015 — 5 editions
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Dora: A Headcase

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The Misfit's Manifesto

3.87 avg rating — 582 ratings — published 2017 — 8 editions
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Real to Reel

3.86 avg rating — 69 ratings — published 2003
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Liberty's Excess: Fictions

4.02 avg rating — 64 ratings — published 2000
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her other mouths

4.15 avg rating — 48 ratings — published 1997
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it was amazing 5.00 avg rating — 6 ratings — published 2001 — 7 editions
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The Small Backs of Children by Lidia Yuknavitch
“How did she get here, I mean how did she really get here, what were the choices, what’s a past–she takes a long drink–what is psychological development? Is it as fucking Freudian as it sounds? She sighs the big sigh of twenty-six, wondering if we are all trapped inside identity, genetics, and narrative–some whacked-out Kafka god handwriting our unbearable little life stories. Then she thinks the American-artist thought, the rough-and-tumble kind: how can I use this?”
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The Small Backs of Children by Lidia Yuknavitch
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“If I could go back, I'd coach myself. I'd be the woman who taught me how to stand up, how to want things, how to ask for them. I'd be the woman who says, your mind, your imagination, they are everything. Look how beautiful. You deserve to sit at the table. The radiance falls on all of us.”
Lidia Yuknavitch, The Chronology of Water

“This is something I know: damaged women? We don't think we deserve kindness. IN fact, when kindness happens to us, we go a little berserk. It's threatening. Deeply. Because if I have to admit how profoundly I need kindness? I have to admit that I hid the me who deserves it down in a sadness well.”
Lidia Yuknavitch, The Chronology of Water

“So yes I know how angry, or naive, or self-destructive, or messed up, or even deluded I sound weaving my way through these life stories at times. But beautiful things. Graceful things. Hopeful things can sometimes appear in dark places. Besides, I'm trying to tell you the truth of a woman like me.”
Lidia Yuknavitch, The Chronology of Water

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“How did she get here, I mean how did she really get here, what were the choices, what’s a past–she takes a long drink–what is psychological development? Is it as fucking Freudian as it sounds? She sighs the big sigh of twenty-six, wondering if we are all trapped inside identity, genetics, and narrative–some whacked-out Kafka god handwriting our unbearable little life stories. Then she thinks the American-artist thought, the rough-and-tumble kind: how can I use this?”
Lidia Yuknavitch, The Small Backs of Children




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