This is not your mother's memoir. In The Chronology of Water, Lidia Yuknavitch expertly moves the listener through issues of gender, sexuality, violence, and the family from the point of view of a lifelong swimmer turned artist. In writing that explores the nature of memoir itself, her story traces the effect of extreme grief on a young woman's developing sexuality that some define as untraditional because of her attraction to both men and women. Her emergence as a writer evolves at the same time and takes the narrator on a journey of addiction, self-destruction, and ultimately survival that finally comes in the shape of love and motherhood.
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This isn't a memoir 'about' addiction, abuse, or love: it's a triumphantly unrelenting look at a life buoyed by the power of the written word.
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About Lidia Yuknavitch
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 Christina Delaine
Christina Delaine is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator and accomplished stage actress. Her theater credits include Jewtopia, the longest-running comedy in Off-Broadway history, and the title role in Antigone at both Portland Center Stage and Kentucky Repertory Theatre. She holds a BA degree from Dartmouth College and an MFA in acting from Brown University.