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NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE SUMMER BY TIME AND ELLE
As rising waters—and an encroaching police state—endanger her life and family, a girl with the gifts of a "carrier" travels through water and time to rescue vulnerable figures from the margins of history
Lidia Yuknavitch has an unmatched gift for capturing stories of people on the margins—vulnerable humans leading lives of challenge and transcendence. Now, Yuknavitch offers an imaginative masterpiece: the story of Laisvė, a motherless girl from the late 21st century who is learning her power as a carrier, a person who can harness the power of meaningful objects to carry her through time. Sifting through the detritus of a fallen city known as the Brook, she discovers a talisman that will mysteriously connect her with a series of characters from the past two centuries: a French sculptor; a woman of the American underworld; a dictator's daughter; an accused murderer; and a squad of laborers at work on a national monument. Through intricately braided storylines, Laisvė must dodge enforcement raids and find her way to the present day, and then, finally, to the early days of her imperfect country, to forge a connection that might save their lives--and their shared dream of freedom.
A dazzling novel of body, spirit, and survival, Thrust will leave no reader unchanged.
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.
Advance praise for Thrust:
“Moving and incisive.” —Time
“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
“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 complex novel of great imagination. . . profound, thought-provoking, and deeply beautiful.” —Shelf Awareness
“Yuknavitch has an unmatched gift for capturing stories of people on the margins—vulnerable humans leading lives of challenge and transcendence." —The Millions
“Blistering and visionary . . . This is the author’s best yet.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“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
“Thrust 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