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The Book of Joan

(2017)
A novel by

 
 
In the near future, world wars have transformed the earth into a battleground. Fleeing the unending violence and the planet's now-radioactive surface, humans have regrouped to a mysterious platform known as CIEL, hovering over their erstwhile home. The changed world has turned evolution on its head: the surviving humans have become sexless, hairless, pale-white creatures floating in isolation, inscribing stories upon their skin.

Out of the ranks of the endless wars rises Jean de Men, a charismatic and bloodthirsty cult leader who turns CIEL into a quasi-corporate police state. A group of rebels unite to dismantle his iron rule - galvanised by the heroic song of Joan, a child-warrior who possesses a mysterious force that lives within her.

A riveting tale of destruction and love found in the direst of places, Lidia Yuknavitch's The Book of Joan raises questions about what it means to be human, the fluidity of sex and gender, and the role of art as a means for survival. It's a genre-defying masterpiece that may very well rewire your brain.

Genre: Science Fiction

Praise for this book

"Dazzling. A post-apocalyptic literary tour de force, The Book of Joan begs for buzz. There is so much here that is transgressive and badass and nervy and transformational. Here is a Katniss Everdeen for grown-ups." - Chelsea Cain

"Lidia Yuknavitch is a writer who, with each ever more triumphant book, creates a new language with which she writes the audacious stories only she can tell. The Book of Joan is a raucous celebration, a searing condemnation, and fiercely imaginative retelling of Joan of Arc’s transcendent life." - Roxane Gay

"It’s unfair to compare Yuknavitch to only female authors. With her verve and bold imagination, she’s earned the throne left empty since the death of David Foster Wallace." - Chuck Palahniuk

"Riveting, ravishing, and crazy deep, The Book of Joan is as ferociously intelligent as it is heart-wrenchingly humane, as generous as it is relentless, as irresistible as it is important. In other words, it’s classic Lidia Yuknavitch: genius." - Cheryl Strayed


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January 2018 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Book of Joan
Author(s): Lidia Yuknavitch
ISBN: 1-78689-239-1 / 978-1-78689-239-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Canongate Books
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April 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Book of Joan: A Novel
Author(s): Lidia Yuknavitch
ISBN: 0-06-238327-2 / 978-0-06-238327-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper
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February 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Book of Joan
Author(s): Lidia Yuknavitch
ISBN: 1-78689-242-1 / 978-1-78689-242-3 (UK edition)
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January 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Book of Joan
Author(s): Lidia Yuknavitch
ISBN: 1-78689-240-5 / 978-1-78689-240-9 (UK edition)
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February 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Book of Joan: A Novel
Author(s): Lidia Yuknavitch
ISBN: 0-06-238328-0 / 978-0-06-238328-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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Audio Editions

February 2018 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The Book of Joan
Author(s): Lidia Yuknavitch
ISBN: 1-5100-9862-3 / 978-1-5100-9862-6 (UK edition)
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January 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Book of Joan
Author(s): Lidia Yuknavitch
Publisher: Canongate Books
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January 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Book of Joan
Author(s): Lidia Yuknavitch
Publisher: Canongate Books
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April 2017 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Book of Joan Lib/E
Author(s): Dr Lidia Yuknavitch
ISBN: 1-5384-1152-0 / 978-1-5384-1152-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperAudio
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April 2017 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Book of Joan: A Novel
Author(s): Lidia Yuknavitch
ISBN: 1-5384-1151-2 / 978-1-5384-1151-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers and Blackstone Audio
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April 2017 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Book of Joan: A Novel
Author(s): Lidia Yuknavitch
ISBN: 1-5384-1153-9 / 978-1-5384-1153-7 (USA edition)
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April 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Book of Joan: A Novel
Author(s): Lidia Yuknavitch
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April 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Book of Joan: A Novel
Author(s): Lidia Yuknavitch
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January 2018 : Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Book of Joan
Author(s): Lidia Yuknavitch
Publisher: Canongate Books
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April 2017 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Book of Joan: A Novel
Author(s): Lidia Yuknavitch
Publisher: Harper
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