The Book of Joan: A Novel

The Book of Joan: A Novel Author Lidia Yuknavitch
ISBN-10 0062383272
ISBN-13 9780062383273
Year 2017-04-18
Pages 288
Language English
Publisher Harper
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The 25 Most Anticipated Books by Women for 2017 Elle MagazineThe 32 Most Exciting Books Coming Out in 2017 BuzzFeed50 Books We Cant Wait to Read in 2017 Nylon Magazine33 New Books to Read in 2017 The Huffington PostMost Anticipated The Great 2017 Book Preview The MillionsNew York Times Book Review Editors ChoiceBrilliant and incendiary Radically new full of maniacal invention and page turning momentum Yuknavitch has exhibited a rare gift for writing that concedes little in its quest to be authentic meaningful and relevant By adding speculative elements to The Book of Joan she reaches new heights with even higher stakes the death or life of our planet Jeff VanderMeer New York Times Book Review cover review Stunning Yuknavitch understands that our collective narrative can either destroy or redeem us and the outcome depends not just on whos telling it but also on whos listening O The Oprah Magazine A searing fusion of literary fiction and reimagined history and science fiction thriller and eco fantasy Yuknavitch is a bold and ecstatic writer NPR Books The Book of Joan offers a wealth of pathos with plenty of resonant excruciations and some disturbing meditations on humanitys place in creation It concludes in a bold and satisfying apotheosis like some legend out of The Golden Bough and reaffirms that even amid utter devastation and ruin hope can still blossom Washington PostThe bestselling author of The Small Backs of Children offers a vision of our near extinction and a heroinea reimagined Joan of Arcpoised to save a world ravaged by war violence and greed and forever change history in this provocative new novel In the near future world wars have transformed the earth into a battleground Fleeing the unending violence and the planets 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 rulegalvanized by the heroic song of Joan a child warrior who possesses a mysterious force that lives within her and communes with the earth When de Men and his armies turn Joan into a martyr the consequences are astonishing And no onenot the rebels Jean de Men or even Joan herselfcan foresee the way her story and unique gift will forge the destiny of an entire world for generations A riveting tale of destruction and love found in the direst of placeseven at the extreme end of post human experienceLidia Yuknavitchs 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

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