Verge by Lidia Yuknavitch audiobook

Verge: Stories

By Lidia Yuknavitch
Read by various narrators

Penguin Audio 9780525534877
4.61 Hours 1
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Named one of the Most Anticipated Books of the Year by Vogue, Buzzfeed, Hello Giggles, and more.  A fiercely empathetic group portrait of the marginalized and outcast in moments of crisis, from one of the most galvanizing voices in American fiction. Lidia Yuknavitch is a writer of rare insight into the jagged boundaries between pain and survival. Her characters are scarred by the unchecked hungers of others and themselves, yet determined to find salvation within lives that can feel beyond their control. In novels such as The Small Backs of Children and The Book of Joan, she has captivated readers with stories of visceral power. Now, in Verge, she offers a shard-sharp mosaic portrait of human resilience on the margins.   The landscape of Verge is peopled with characters who are innocent and imperfect, wise and endangered: an eight-year-old black-market medical courier, a restless lover haunted by memories of his mother, a teenage girl gazing out her attic window at a nearby prison, all of them wounded but grasping toward transcendence. Clear-eyed yet inspiring, Verge challenges us with moments of uncomfortable truth, even as it urges us to place our faith not in the flimsy guardrails of society but in the memories held—and told—by our own individual bodies.

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Named one of the Most Anticipated Books of the Year by Vogue, Buzzfeed, Hello Giggles, and more.  A fiercely empathetic group portrait of the marginalized and outcast in moments of crisis, from one of the most galvanizing voices in American fiction. Lidia Yuknavitch is a writer of rare insight into the jagged boundaries between pain and survival. Her characters are scarred by the unchecked hungers of others and themselves, yet determined to find salvation within lives that can feel beyond their control. In novels such as The Small Backs of Children and The Book of Joan, she has captivated readers with stories of visceral power. Now, in Verge, she offers a shard-sharp mosaic portrait of human resilience on the margins.   The landscape of Verge is peopled with characters who are innocent and imperfect, wise and endangered: an eight-year-old black-market medical courier, a restless lover haunted by memories of his mother, a teenage girl gazing out her attic window at a nearby prison, all of them wounded but grasping toward transcendence. Clear-eyed yet inspiring, Verge challenges us with moments of uncomfortable truth, even as it urges us to place our faith not in the flimsy guardrails of society but in the memories held—and told—by our own individual bodies.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Insistently visceral . . . These howls from the throats of women, queer characters, the impoverished, and the addicted remind us of the beauty and pain of our shared humanity. Gutsy stories from one of our most fearless writers. Kirkus Reviews
“In Verge, characters find their meaning and faith in their own bodies, grounded in physicality and anatomy, pain and desire. These stories are daring, provoking, and incendiary. Booklist (starred review)
“Characters who are often pushed to the fringes of literary fiction are given voice through Yuknavitch’s raw prose, resulting in a collection that feels equal parts urgent and soothing. The Adroit Journal“Brilliant. . . . Consistently incisive, with sharp sentences and a barreling pace. . . . This riveting collection invites readers to see women whose points of view are typically ignored.
“The stories in Verge swim with ravishing sentences, and swimming is an apt metaphor because Yuknavitch’s long and multifaceted history with swimming shows up all over her writing. It’s there in water imagery, it’s there in characters who endure, it’s there in the literal text that seems like it’s moving and breathing. Cascadia
“With the publication of Verge, Yuknavitch’s writing flies into hyperspace. . . . [Verge is] an act of courage and urgency. The book is historically specific, yet ultimately timeless. The Brooklyn Rail
A vertiginous and revelatory book whose characters—sometimes in desperate situations, and sometimes, finally, in a place of safety—have much to say about the world that we live in now. Lidia Yuknavitch is astonishing.  Kelly Link 
Verge is a wonderful, challenging book. I know these people. I know their dilemmas, and where I don't recognize them, I believe them. The passion Lidia Yuknavitch brings to the page is astounding. I am caught up, shaken up, and now and then simply delighted. ‘Listen to this,’ I call out to friends, and then, minutes later: ‘No, wait, listen to this!’ Dorothy Allison       
Lidia Yuknavitch is a life-giving sea creature, an anemone, opening and closing, showing us our beauty and dis-ease. These twenty breath-catching stories come from the margins, that place we all live now. Her work is a necessity, all the ways she forgives us, and urges us on. Pam Houston
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
Verge is a bouquet of dynamite: explosive, deadly, and spectacularly beautiful. These stories captivated me like modern fairy tales, and like those dark lessons they showed me how resilience is forged through survival, beauty through brokenness, joy by fire. The women who occupy them are my favorite kinds of heroines: as flawed as they are furious, as bold as they are tender. I won't soon forget them.  Melissa Febos
“I can’t remember the last time I was as captivated by a collection as I am by Verge. The grace implicit in these stories is rare, and the way the book brings us to the verge of the unthinkable, and then leaves us to ponder our complicity, is astonishing.  Jamie Quatro
“Yuknavitch writes with rare empathy about the repercussions of grief, loss and dislocation. Jane Ciabattari, BBC Culture“Disturbing and delightful all at once.
“Lidia Yuknavitch displays the same gift for exploring the borderland between art, sex, and trauma that readers have come to expect . . . . [turning] her powers toward life on the margins. The Millions 
“At several points while reading Verge, I found myself curled into a ball, my fingers gripping the pages so tightly they almost tore the paper. It was as if the words had crawled off the page and under my skin.   Cornelia Channing, The Paris Review
“Bracing [and] profound. Entertainment Weekly
"Spellbinding. O: The Oprah Magazine
Children harvest organs, janitors build magical worlds, and mourning lovers drive to destinations unknown in this searing, precise collection of short stories. Vogue
“Full of suspense . . . Young or old, male or female, the characters in Verge will shock and impress themselves onto the reader. LitHub
“Yuknavitch’s writing is as sharp as ever and her empathetic takes on the grief, trauma, and beauty of marginalized souls are as precise as they are gripping. This is a book that lingers. Refinery29
“Dynamite. . . . I don’t know of any other writer who can render the brutality of life with such honesty and dazzle. . . . That Lidia Yuknavitch can create such beauty out of the tragedy of contemporary life is testament to her skill as an artist. Verge is volatile and vital, and it hits where it hurts, in the most oddly pleasurable way. Lambda Literary
Yuknavitch is one of the most celebrated contemporary writers. [Now she] returns with a collection of short stories that embody her unique blend of the unsettling and the delightful. Electric Literature
“Diverse and impactful, unlike some collections, where only a few stories shine . . . Verge boldly asks some pressing yet unspoken questions, such as: How is it that Americans can say anything with a straight face? Does it hurt more to keep the secrets or tell them? It also forces us to acknowledge—and even embrace—the unsettling answers. San Francisco Chronicle
“This book is a gem. . . . A brilliant collection of twenty stories that contain as much compassion as suffering . . . In Yuknavitch’s hands, words are both swords and feathers. . . . She writes with a sensibility that is both blunt and empathic, as if to open the reader’s heart and make it bleed. Ms. Magazine
The powers of her prose [are] on full, incandescent display. . . . The damaged beauty of these misfits keeps the reader leaning in. Nicholas Mancusi, TIME

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Author Bio: Lidia Yuknavitch

Author Bio: Lidia Yuknavitch

Lidia Yuknavitch is the author of the debut novel Dora: A Headcase, and the memoir The Chronology of Water, as well as three books of short fiction and a critical book on war and narrative, Allegories of Violence. Her writing has appeared in many publications including Ms., The Iowa Review, The Sun, and in numerous anthologies. She writes, teaches, and lives in Portland, Oregon with the filmmaker Andy Mingo and their son Miles.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Short Stories
Runtime: 4.61
Audience: Adult
Language: English