Lidia Yuknavitch

Wed Jun 29, 7 pm
Elliott Bay Book Company Capitol Hill (Seattle)
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A writer who has read at Elliott Bay since she started being a published writer, and who has been a gracious, generous supporter of others’ work during the pandemic by frequently serving as online interlocutor, Lidia Yuknavitch makes this welcome return from her Portland home for her audaciously brilliant new novel, Thrust (Riverhead).

“The blistering and visionary latest from Yuknavitch follows a time-traveling girl on the run with her father in a bleak near future. Laisvė, an enchanted and motherless girl, keeps company with worms and whales as she flees with her single father from ‘Raids’ perpetrated by ICE-like squads …  As Laisvė visits different periods of the region’s history, there are taxonomies of beasts and bugs, and meditations on Amazonian fungi that give way to histories of vanished peoples and their imprint on the land they worked. “Stories are quantum,” as Laisvė narrates, and Yuknavitch preserves the courage and eccentricity of her subjects by subverting any impulse toward rote orthodox storytelling. Instead, she offers a cracked mirror, an untethered dream, and a catch-all for myriad strands of history through which the reader may pleasurably roam free. This is the author’s best yet.” - Publishers Weekly.

That is saying something, for the author of The Book of Joan, The Small Backs of Children, Dora: A Headcase, and The Chronology of Water

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