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Author: Lidia Yuknavitch Narrator: Xe Sands Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2017 ISBN: 9780062659941
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The bestselling author of The Small Backs of Children offer a vision of our near-extinction and a heroine—a reimagined Joan of Arc—poised 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 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—galvanized 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 one—not the rebels, Jean de Men, or even Joan herself—can 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 places—even at the extreme end of post-human experience—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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Riveting, ravishing, and crazy deep, The Book of Joan is as ferociously intelligent as it is heart-wrenchingly humane, as generous as it is relentless, as irresistible as it is important.”

    Cheryl Strayed, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Lidia Yuknavitch’s new book has left me throttled and close to speechless. Speculative doesn’t begin to describe this sexy, imaginative and thoroughly original work.”

    Karen Karbo, New York Times bestselling author

  • “With her verve and bold imagination, [Yuknavitch has] earned the throne left empty since the death of David Foster Wallace.”

    Chuck Palahniuk, New York Times bestselling author

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

    Roxane Gay, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Dazzling…There is so much here that is transgressive and badass and nervy and transformational. Here is a Katniss Everdeen for grown-ups.”

    Chelsea Cain, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A ferocious, gorgeously written statement of art’s powers and dangers in a violent world.”

    Library Journal

  • “The heart-stopping climax will surprise readers of this dystopian tale that ponders the meanings of gender, sex, love, and life.”

    Booklist

  • “Yuknavitch writes with her characteristic fusion of poetic precision and barbed ferocity…A harrowing and timely entry into the canon of speculative fiction.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Reading The Book of Joan is a meditation on art and sex and war. My brain is full-bloomed. Get ready, it’s glorious.”

    Amber Tamblyn, author of Dark Sparkler

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About the Author

Lidia Yuknavitch is the author of the debut novel Dora: A Headcase, and the memoir The Chronology of Water, as well as three books of short fiction and a critical book on war and narrative, Allegories of Violence. Her writing has appeared in many publications including Ms., The Iowa Review, The Sun, and in numerous anthologies. She writes, teaches, and lives in Portland, Oregon with the filmmaker Andy Mingo and their son Miles.

About the Narrator

Xe Sands has more than a decade of experience bringing stories to life through narration, performance, and visual art, including recordings of the Nightwalkers series from Jaquelyn Frank. She has received several honors, including AudioFile Earphones Awards and a coveted Audie Award, and she was named Favorite Debut Romance Narrator of 2011 in the Romance Audiobooks poll.