Lidia Yuknavitch is the author of The Chronology of Water: A Memoir and three works of short fiction: Her Other Mouths, Libertyâ€™s Excess, and Real to Reel, as well as a book of literary criticism, Allegories of Violence. Her work has appeared in Ms., The Iowa Review, Exquisite Corpse, Another Chicago Magazine, Fiction International, Zyzzyva, and elsewhere. Her book Real to Reel was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award and she is the recipient of awards and fellowships from Poets and Writers and Literary Arts, Inc. The Chronology of Water won the Oregon Book Award Reader’s Choice 2012 and the PNBA Award 2012, and was a finalist for the 2012 PEN Center USA creative nonfiction award. Her work appears in the anthologies Life As We Show It, Forms At War, Wreckage of Reason. She teaches writing, literature, film, and womenâ€™s studies in Oregon.
Dora is too much for Sigmund Freud but sheâ€™s just right for us â€“ raunchy, sharp and so funny it hurts.
- Katherine Dunn
- author of Geek Love
Ida needs a shrink; or so her philandering father thinks, and he sends her to a Seattle psychiatrist. Immediately wise to the head games of her new shrink, who she nicknames Siggy and Sig, Ida begins a coming of age journey. At the beginning of her therapy Ida, whose alter ego is Dora, and her...Forward
This is the book I’ve been waiting to read all of my life.
- Cheryl Strayed
- author of Torch
This is not your motherâ€™s memoir. Lifelong swimmer and Olympic hopeful Lidia Yuknavitch accepts a college swimming scholarship in Texas in order to escape an abusive father and an alcoholic, suicidal mother. After losing her scholarship to drugs and alcohol, Lidia moves to Eugene and enrolls in...Forward
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Narrative tropes reoccur across Yuknavitchâ€™s work, both fiction and nonfiction: the stillborn daughter, the filmmaker husband and son, violent sex, and the redemptive power of art. In...Forward
â€śThe Small Backs of Childrenâ€ť is Yuknavitchâ€™s second novel, and her first book to appear from a major press. (Sheâ€™s also the author of a memoir, â€śThe Chronology of Water,â€ť and three books...Forward
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I had the great fortune to attend the premiere in Portland, Oregon, of Wild, based on the memoir by Cheryl Strayed. I want to pause for a moment and say thank you to Cheryl for being a longtime...Forward
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