Episode 56: Revisiting the Wisdom of Lidia Yuknavitch

Amercian writer Lidia Yuknavitch in Paris, France on Wednesday, September 4, 2013. Photo: Andrew Kovalev (ckovalev.com) for Les Editions Denoёl
Amercian writer Lidia Yuknavitch in Paris, France on Wednesday, September 4, 2013. Photo: Andrew Kovalev (ckovalev.com) for Les Editions Denoёl

I hope everyone had a lovely long weekend. This week we revisit one of our most loved episodes of last year with the incomparable Lidia Yuknavitch. Since the episode aired, we’ve had so much positive feedback, so if you missed it then, I suggest taking a listen now.

Lidia is the author of the fierce and explosive novel, The Small Backs of Children. This transcontinental story opens in the middle of an Eastern European war zone when an American photojournalist snaps a startling image of a young girl at very the moment her family is atomized by a bomb. What follows is a gripping and intense narrative ride that will haunt you for days. Since I spoke with Lidia, a piece called The Wild, Remarkable Sex Scenes of Lidia Yuknavitch by Garth Greenwell came out about her book in The New Yorker.

Lidia’s memoir, The Chronology of Water, is mentioned many times in the show. It is one of the most powerful books I have read in a long time and I highly recommend you pick it up. She’s is also the author of the novel Dora: a Headcase, three works of short fiction; Liberty’s Excess, Her Other Mouths, and Reel to Reel (a finalist for the Oregon Book Award), as well as Allegories of Violence, a book of literary criticism.

It was such a privilege to be in the room with Lidia and I’m excited for you to listen in on our conversation once again.

XOXOX Angie

Buy The Small Backs of Children at your local independent bookshop, on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
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