When de Men and his armies turn Joan into a martyr, the consequences are astonishing. A rich, heady concoction, rippling with provocative ideas All my youth I gloried in the wild, exulting, rollercoaster prose and questing narratives of Henry Miller, Charles Bukowski, and Jack Kerouac, but cringed at the misogyny; couldn’t we have the former without the latter? Buckle your seat belts; it’s gonna be a wild feminist ride.” Rebecca Solnit Maggie is entirely devoted to her husband Thomas, their two beautiful children, and to God.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. Yet it’s also radically new, full of maniacal invention and page-turning momentum . But then what begins as innocent letter writing with poet James starts to become something far more erotically charged, their meeting of minds threatening to become a meeting of bodies.From these threads of fact and myth, Cassara runs up a fictional ensemble that craftily stitches glamour and grit.” Financial Times When Stella, a young Metis mother, looks out her window one evening and spots someone in trouble on the Break — a barren field on an isolated strip of land outside her house — she calls the police to alert them to a possible crime.In a series of shifting narratives, people who are connected, both directly and indirectly, with the victim — police, family, and friends — tell their personal stories leading up to that fateful night.“Rarely does an author have so fresh and lush a voice.Major’s writing feels wholly new, with the rib-cracking dry humor of Wodehouse, a dash of Waugh, and a Joycean love of the sound of words.
And only in his student, sidekick (and pending Nemesis) Margot ffontaines-Laigh, does he meet his match.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.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. As everything Maggie believes in is thrown into doubt the reader is drawn ever deeper into the battleground of her soul.100 Notable Books of 2017, New York Times 25 Most Anticipated Books by Women for 2017, ELLE 32 Most Exciting Books Coming Out in 2017, Buzz Feed 15 Best Books of 2017, Esquire 33 New Books to Read in 2017, Huffington Post New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice “The Book of Joan has the same unflinching quality as earlier works by Josephine Saxton, Doris Lessing, Frank Herbert, Ursula K. by Jamie Quatro is a daring debut novel of obsession, desire and salvation that shows the radical light and dark of love itself.