Lidia Yuknavitch falls decidedly in the camp of writers who never repeat themselves, engaging in acts of literary reinvention with each new book. Her most recent novel, The Small Backs of Children, was a favorite around these parts, and we interviewed her about it last year. In that interview, she spoke about the connections that run through her recent work, including a nod to some future projects:
In another way, this novel continues an exploration I’m still not finished with, one I began with Dora: A Headcase, one that continues in my next novel based on a revisiting of Joan of Arc, and further extended in another novel based on Mary Shelley: what is the epistemological space of the body–in these books especially a girl’s body. What new girl myths might we imagine?
Next April will bring the release of The Book of Joan, Yuknavitch’s latest novel. (A chapter of it appears in the paperback edition of The Small Backs of Children.) Needless to say, we’re very excited for this one. Yuknavitch also contributed an introduction to a new edition of Kate Zambreno’s O Fallen Angel that’s due out in January; she was also the original publisher of said volume. So for those looking for more writing from Yuknavitch–or for those looking to first read something of hers–it seems like the coming year will be an excellent time for that.