GalleyCrush: Verge


Today’s GalleyCrush is Lidia Yuknavitch’s Verge, forthcoming from Riverhead Books on February 4, 2020. 

Perfect pitch: “A fiercely empathetic group portrait of the marginalized and outcast in moments of crisis, from one of the most galvanizing voices in American fiction.” 

First lines: “In the water the swimmer feels weightless. The blue of the pool fills her ears and holds her body and shuts out the world. Swimming is her favorite state of being. On land, the swimmer can barely breathe.”

Big blurb: “Verge is dangerous. Lidia Yuknavitch, through multiple narratives, explores human endurance with brilliance and lightning power. She thunders life to each page. I am forever a fan.” —Terese Marie Mailhot

Book notes: Hardcover, fiction, 208 pages. 

Author bio: Lidia Yuknavitch is the nationally best-selling author of the novels The Book of JoanThe Small Backs of ChildrenDora: A Headcase, and the memoir The Chronology of Water. She is the recipient of two Oregon Book Awards, a Willamette Writers Award, and was a finalist for the 2017 Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize and the 2012 PEN Center Creative Nonfiction Award. She lives in Portland, Oregon.