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Thrust: A Novel


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About the Author

Lidia Yuknavitch is the nationally bestselling author of the novels The Book of Joan, The Small Backs of Children, and Dora: A Headcase, the story collection Verge, and the memoir The Chronology of Water. She is the recipient of two Oregon Book Awards and has been a finalist for the Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize and the PEN Center USA Creative Nonfiction Award. She lives in Portland, Oregon.


Praise for Thrust:

"[The] most mind-blowing book about America I've ever inhaled. . . . I read Thrust in a state of flustered fascination and finished longing to dream it again." -Ron Charles, Washington Post

"There's so much that feels deeply present about Yuknavitch's latest novel: the ever-expanding police state, lower Manhattan under water, and a woman on a mission to rescue other vulnerable women. Yuknavitch's words are incantations, and Thrust is a triumph." -Elle

"An indignant and impressive novel." -Alexandra Jacobs, The New York Times

"Yuknavitch breaks down barriers of time and space, of history and language, in a visceral critique of America's founding ideals and its present failures." -The New Yorker

is the culmination of everything she has been writing toward, a blistering excoriation of power structures that also honors the resilience of those who fight back. . . . It's a book that uses history and America as a jumping-off point to dissolve borders and boundaries." -Michele Filgate, Los Angeles Times

"Moving and incisive." -Time

"A fascinating, unsettling ride." -The Guardian

"[This] powerful, braided fable unites workers of the world across time and space and class to start conceiving of a better world. . . . Yuknavitch is firmly in control." -Los Angeles Times

"The utterly gripping story of a drowned world . . . I read with wonder, sometimes also with tears, and always with hope for our own hurting world. I feel fierce admiration for what Yuknavitch has achieved in this amazing book." -Barbara J. King, author of How Animals Grieve

"Complex, enthralling . . . page-turning . . An epic story of dystopia and hope, and ultimately about the power of storytelling." -Sarah Neilson, Shondaland

"An epic fable [that] operates more like a poem." -Kate Dwyer, The New York Times

"Cinematic and inviting . . . it could be the best thing you read this year." -Philadelphia Inquirer

"A dizzily interlacing view of American history." -New York

"[A] forceful, fluid, erotic new novel." -Boston Globe

"A dazzling new novel that marks another imaginative feat in a career with no shortage of them. A lyrical and dexterous critique of a future America ravaged by climate change and surveillance, Thrust is both of the moment and utterly timeless." -Chicago Review of Books

"Prescient, elegiac, and epic. . . . This book is a mighty lament for what we are losing; it's also a proposition about what we might become, how we might learn to listen differently, and how water rearranges things, including history." -The Irish Times

"This weirdly wonderful [novel] on the surveillance state, climate change, and what it means to have agency as a woman in the world will throw your mind for a loop in the best way." -Good Housekeeping

"A stunningly beautiful novel about the power of storytelling to make sense of the world we are living in and the one we might just be barreling toward." -The Daily Beast

"An intelligently affecting story that successfully walks the fine line between topical issues, history and science fiction." -Buzz

"Chronicles violences big and small that have shaped the course of humanity [and] offers hope in the idea that stories, ever-changing, have the power to carry Laisve-and others-somewhere new." -Electric Literature

"[Yuknavitch]'s world-building powers are in full force." -LitHub

"A complex novel of great imagination. . . profound, thought-provoking, and deeply beautiful." -Shelf Awareness

"Blistering and visionary . . . This is the author's best yet." -Publishers Weekly
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"Thrust is kinky, queer, and razor sharp . . . a stunning novel about the future we might be able to create if we listen to voices we've previously ignored . . . and about being willing to start again." -Booklist
(starred review)

"Yuknavitch is interested in the way the bodies of immigrants, refugees, and marginalized people have been the fodder used to keep the American project going-and her humane love for those same bodies shines. . . . Complex, ambitious, and unafraid to earnestly love-and critique-America and its most dearly held principles." -Kirkus Reviews

is alarmingly trenchant-and a hell of a wild ride. Daring, dazzling, and earth-splitting, this is a book to take in wide-eyed." -Rebecca Makkai, author of The Great Believers

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