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Named one of the Most Anticipated Books of the Year by Vogue, Buzzfeed, Hello Giggles, and more.

A fiercely empathetic group portrait of the marginalized and outcast in moments of crisis, from one of the most galvanizing voices in American fiction.


Lidia Yuknavitch is a writer of rare insight into the jagged boundaries between pain and survival. Her characters are scarred
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Hardcover, 208 pages
Published February 4th 2020 by Riverhead Books
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Jaclyn (sixminutesforme)
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was brilliantly wild, a collection of short stories so unique that they will stay with me long after finishing. “A fiercely empathetic group portrait of the marginalized and outcast in moment of crisis, from one of the most galvanizing voices in American fiction.” I’m not quite sure I was prepared for the perspectives we follow in these stories, to give you a sense though one of the earliest stories (and one of the standouts for me overall) was following an eight year old “organ-runner” (a ...more
Jenny
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
2015, a bookstore, night shifts, everyone I work with is taking this book home. The Small Backs of Children, Lidia Yuknavitch. What’s the secret, what don’t I know? A bookstore, night shifts, it’s almost always Harry Potter or some other kid lit fantasy book making the rounds. I take a chance, because they’re all carrying it around like a goddamn trophy. It’s a revelation. I quickly inhale everything Yuknavitch has written.
2019 and I’ve just finished Verge, her upcoming 2020 collection of
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Hannah
Sep 04, 2019 is currently reading it
I need it!
Jonathan
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Verge by Lidia Yuknavitch was a must have for me when I found out it was released February of 2020 and a huge thank you to @riverheadbooks for the galley! .
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This was a collection of short stories about outcast, the depraved, addicts, lost souls, lowly children, despicable adults, and it was written with aplomb unmoored. These characters and stories were as unique and vibrant as the very cover hiding them within its grasps, Yuknavitch created a world that reminded me much of Denis
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KC
This short story collection is not for the faint of heart. It is raw, visceral, challenging. Although beautifully written, I was underwhelmed due to the lack variety within the storytelling. With the exception of the first (THE PULL) and last story (TWO GIRLS), most had a repetitive theme.
Jordan
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
the first few sentences in every story is strong. immediately gripping. topics, genders, feelings all across the board. Lidia Yuknavitch is such a fearless writer. i loved every single story. how many short story collections can you say that about? 5/5

a few of my favorites: The Pull, The Organ Runner, The Garden of Earthly Delights, A Woman Object (exploding), Second Language, The Eleventh Commandment, A Woman Apologizing, A Woman Going Out & How To Lose An I.
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Delany Holcomb
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I wanted to embrace and cry not only with but for each character in Lidia Yuknavitch's "Verge". The lives of those that live in the margins that suffer and undulate with the rise and fall of modernity's tides are so beautifully illustrated in each story that Yuknovitch has illuminated. View this book, read it, and understand it. It's brutal and real, and it moves one with its relativity to reality.
xTx xTx
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
Lidia does not disappoint with words that float poetry within stories that dig lovely. this water based goddess
David P.  Craig
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lidia’s collection of stories illuminates the fullness of human mammal behavior from the edges we all know and those we need to learn. Her ability to live in the bodies of almost anyone (absolutely everyone?) allows her to reveal some shocking and painful truths and to stun us with beautiful wonder and generous heart.

I read the book with slowness and care and will return to quickly reread it again in a few months. I’ve learned Lidia’s stories circulate in my subconscious and make everyday
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Andy Pronti
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic.

There is a line in the acknowledgments, that perfectly describes what these stories are about. It goes like this:

“ And to everyone anywhere who lives in the in- between of things: I get it.”

Thank you Lidia for writing these beautiful stories. I loved every one of them. Emotional, moving, real, special. Highly recommended!!
Kim Lockhart
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Verge is a collection of short stories which build thematically and funnel into a singular search for that focused tensile point where reality cracks. It's a living autopsy of need, rage, and unquenchable drive.

Yuknavitch writes to the heart of what it feels like to live completely on the edge. Most of us are only marginally aware of what is going on around us, and, most especially, inside of us. We accept most sensory input without thinking much about it. But, Yuknavitch wants us to reel from
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Daniel Elder
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Few writers can affect me on a physical level the way Lidia Yuknavitch does. It’s hard to describe. But you know how your bones and organs are settled into an arrangement in your torso that’s been settled through billions of years of evolution? Well, somehow Lidia’s fiction gets my guts feeling like they’re on the move. Intestines deciding to untangle, liver set aquiver, rib cage trying sometimes to open up like a pair of arms and other times to close in like a fist. Twenty stories of people’s ...more
Fatma
beautiful stories filled with fierce, aching characters. definitely a new favourite.
Kori
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
These are stories about people on the edge of something: relapse, connection, breakdown, epiphany in environments created by inequity, exploitation, & discrimination. I love how Yuknavitch describes characters’ emotional experiences, always very evocative w/ clear and direct prose. Not all of the stories stayed with me. But many did and my top favorites I’ll be rereading to better understand the layers & themes at work. I’m very happy I picked up this ARC and look forward to it’s release ...more
Amy
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
The best book of short stories I have ever read. Period.
Paul Ataua
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved the visceral nature of the stories. People on the edge of society responding to situations beyond their control. Some of the stories lost me, some grabbed me, but most burrowed under my skin. They will remain with me for a long time to come.
Melanie  Brinkman
Life is vast. Life is strange. Life sure as heck isn't easy.

No one is safe from change. Innocent or deviant, young or old, "normal" or the odd one out, humans are all just spiraling towards whatever is coming next. Humanity can seem pretty until you look below the surface. All the souls in this book are gazing out of the disamal depths of their current or past lives, wondering, impatiently waiting for something better, perhaps even for something that puts them at peace. As life puts their
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Sarah
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC from the publisher.

Ok. This book fucked me up. In a good way. In the best way.

Lidia Yuknavitch does this thing where she makes the most beautiful and weird sentences. Like, every sentence. These stories swim with ravishing sentences. And swimming is an apt metaphor, because Yuknavitch's long and multifaceted history with swimming shows up all over her writing, even though that's not what she's writing about most of the time. It's there in water imagery, it's there in characters
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Wendy Cosin
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short-stories
The stories in Verge are powerful and disturbing. Lidia Yuknavitch is able to suck the reader into desperate characters (mostly white women), who most of us have never known and yet we get inside. So much about physical need, want and desire. On the author's website, she talks about the writer as a locus through which intensities pass. She has clearly succeeded at that, using good and provocative writing.

These are mostly heavy stories, dealing with sex and sex work, anger, alienation and
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Afton Montgomery
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
To no one's surprise, Lidia Yuknavitch has created a perfectly-oriented collection with Verge. The individual stories carry both a folktale feeling and a specific darkness that she has a gift in writing, but she situates the whole collection so that light hits it in all the right places. Yuknavitch has never shied away from taking readers back into whatever gave us nightmares as children (indeed, this collection often feels like Grimm's Fairy Tales for adults). Simultaneously, though, no one ...more
Judy
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: on-kindle
This was my first exposure to Lidia Yuknavitch, but won't be my last. These stories ranged from very good to great. I expect this collection to win awards. Even in the very short stories, the characters are finely drawn. Some of my favorites were The Organ Runner (read it to see why), Garden of Earthly Delights,( no doubt inspired by the famous painting ) Cusp (inspired by Hamlet's Ophelia) and Second Coming. Many of these stories were erotic, horrifying or both.
Kyle Crockett
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Every voice you encounter in this done-too-soon masterpiece will enter your bloodstream like a drug. It's unreal how addicting Yuknavitch's voice is. This is a fact that reveals itself as a haunting product of what seems like Yuknavitch's very personal history with addiction. These are stories that are so confrontational and unyielding that its voice seems to bark at you and scold you to pick the book back up, until it's finished with you. You don't get to decide.

Many of Yuknavitch's characters
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Janene
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Nobody writes like Lidia.
I am a chemist, not a writer, so I don't know how to properly explain how fucking good this book is. Her style is not wordy, not fussy, but it feels masterful. It's authentic and lewd and cerebral. I am continually moved and delighted by her words. Her writing feels like a slap, like an unexpected gift, like a secret you wish you didn't know. People have said that reading her stuff is sometimes "difficult" and I cannot understand this. To me, her work is addictive and I
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Sam Glatt
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Imagine that Mary Gaitskill's BAD BEHAVIOR and Kathy Acker had simultaneous orgasms while flying into the darkest depths of a blackhole and that the resulting cataclysm formed a diamond that sparkles brighter than anything ever has before. This is a collection of stories unlike any other.
Abigail Dankoff
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Yes. Yep. Yes.
Cheri
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Breathtakingly beautiful, brutal, gritty, deep — some of the very best writing I have ever seen. I can’t say enough about these stories but I can’t quite get it exactly right. Visceral, tough to swallow, sometimes dangerously erotic while also nauseating. Her voice so clear like a whisper in my ear revealing secret places. This one will be hard to beat.
Amanda
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Finished this book of short stories in less than a day. I hadn’t read anything else by Yuknavitch before this, and I was not disappointed. Every word flowed and each story was written beautifully and intensely. As a lover of short stories & beautiful writing, this book was perfect.
Rachel
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Astonishing.
TL
Feb 02, 2020 marked it as dnf
I won this via goodreads giveaways in exchange for an honest review. All my opinions are my own.
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Not bad, just couldn't connect with the author's writing style unfortunately *shrugs*
Regina McDaniel
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
I won this from a Goodreads giveaway and I'm very pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. It gave me amazing Chuck Palahniuk vibes with the raunchy, vulgar, high impact stories. I recommend this to any Chuck P fans (looking at you Stacie ). I'm now very curious about this author. ...more
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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 ...more
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