Lidia Yuknavitch was one of the most warm and open guests we’ve had on the podcast and spoke with me about everything from the expansive nature of sex, to potential ways through trauma, to much more.
Most recently, she is the author of the fierce and explosive novel, The Small Backs of Children. The 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.
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.
If you are in New York City she will be reading at McNally Jackson bookshop in Soho with Kate Zambrano on July 23st at 7pm. Lidia will also be in conversation with Porochista Khakpour at the Center for Fiction at 7pm, July 22nd.
It was such a privilege to be in the room with Lidia and I’m excited for you to listen in on our conversation.