books and reading

Waiting on Wednesday: The Small Backs of Children by Lidia Yuknavitch

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.  Its purpose is to spotlight eagerly-anticipated upcoming releases.

This week I’m eagerly awaiting:

The Small Backs of Children by Lidia Yuknavitch

July 7, 2015

A masterful literary talent explores the treacherous, often violent borders between war and sex, love and art

With the flash of a camera, one girl’s life is shattered, and a host of others altered forever. . .

In a war-torn village in Eastern Europe, an American photographer captures a heart-stopping image: a young girl flying toward the lens, fleeing a fiery explosion that has engulfed her home and family. The image wins acclaim and prizes, becoming an icon for millions—and a subject of obsession for one writer, the photographer’s best friend, who has suffered a devastating tragedy of her own.

As the writer plunges into a suicidal depression, her filmmaker husband enlists several friends, including a fearless bisexual poet and an ingenuous performance artist, to save her by rescuing the unknown girl and bringing her to the United States. And yet, as their plot unfolds, everything we know about the story comes into question: What does the writer really want? Who is controlling the action? And what will happen when these two worlds—east and west, real and virtual—collide?

(summary via Goodreads)

I mean, this doesn’t look like it’s going to be an easy read by any means.  But there’s a lot of good buzz surrounding this one, and it looks complicated and weird and thought-provoking.  I think it will be a good read later this year (when I feel emotionally ready).

What are you waiting on this week?

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