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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?

A fierce, provocative, and deeply affecting novel of both ideas and action that blends the tight construction of Julian Barnes's The Sense of an Ending with the emotional power of Anthony Marra's A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, Lidia Yuknavitch's The Small Backs of Children is a major step forward from one of our most avidly watched writers.

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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, instantly iconic, garners acclaim and prizes and, in the United States, becomes a subject of obsession for one writer, the photographer's best friend, who has suffered a devastating tragedy of her own.In a bid to save the writer from a spiraling depression, her filmmaker husband enlists a group of friends including a fearless bisexual poet, an ingenuous performance artist, and the writer's playwright brother and painter ex-husband to rescue the unknown girl and bring her to the United States. And yet, as their plot unfolds, everything we know 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?A fierce, provocative, and deeply affecting novel exploring the often violent borders between war and sex, love and art, The Small Backs of Children is a major step forward from one of our most avidly watched writers."

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"This intensely powerful memoir touches depths yet unheard of in contemporary writing. I read it at one sitting and wondered for days after about love, time, and truth. Can't get me any more excited than this."--Andrei Codrescu, author of "The Poetry Lesson"

"Lidia Yuknavitch isn't afraid of anything. We need her sudden cyclonic no-holds-barred wisdom more than ever right now, to hold our feet to the fire, to make us brave in the face of our own impotence, to kick our artistic asses into gear."--Pam Houston, author of "Contents May Have Shifted"

"You can make the case that Lidia Yuknavitch is the most compelling writer alive. "The Small Backs of Children" has moments of s?ance with writers like Jean Rhys and Clarice Lispector. I felt bewitched, possessed, destroyed, and yet I'd do it again."--Porochista Khakpour

"The Small Backs of Children" is intelligent yet accessible, provocative in the best ways, complex yet tightly plotted and riveting. The characters are beautifully drawn, and together their story raises important questions-about violence, art, sex, and survival-that are both timely and enduring. And the writing-the writing is sublime.--Whitney Otto

"There are a handful of books that have changed the way I move through the world. "The Small Backs of Children" is one of them. Lidia Yuknavitch writes with sly, subversive, nervy, compassionate madness. She is one of the great American writers."--Chelsea Cain, "New York Times" bestselling author

"Yuknavitch moves through narratives and structures like a literary banshee seeking a body. Fast, visceral, "The Small Backs of Children" is a gunshot meditation on art and violence and I couldn't put it down."--Vanessa Veselka, author of "Zazen"

"All my youth I gloried in the wild, exulting, rollercoaster prose and questing narratives of Henry Miller, Charles Bukowski, and Jack Kerouac, but cringed at the misogyny; couldn't we have the former without the latter? We can, because: Lidia Yuknavitch. Buckle your seat belts; it's gonna be a wild feminist ride."--Rebecca Solnit, author of "Men Explain Things to Me" and "The Faraway Nearby"

Y"uknavitch is a gifted writer whose dizzying passages are often as compelling as they are grotesque."--"Kirkus Reviews"

Lidia Yuknavitch isn t afraid of anything. We need her sudden cyclonic no-holds-barred wisdom more than ever right now, to hold our feet to the fire, to make us brave in the face of our own impotence, to kick our artistic asses into gear. --Pam Houston, author of "Contents May Have Shifted""

You can make the case that Lidia Yuknavitch is the most compelling writer alive. "The Small Backs of Children" has moments of s?ance with writers like Jean Rhys and Clarice Lispector. I felt bewitched, possessed, destroyed, and yet I d do it again. --Porochista Khakpour"

There are a handful of books that have changed the way I move through the world. "The Small Backs of Children" is one of them. Lidia Yuknavitch writes with sly, subversive, nervy, compassionate madness. She is one of the great American writers. --Chelsea Cain, "New York Times" bestselling author"

Yuknavitch moves through narratives and structures like a literary banshee seeking a body. Fast, visceral, "The Small Backs of Children" is a gunshot meditation on art and violence and I couldn t put it down. --Vanessa Veselka, author of "Zazen""

All my youth I gloried in the wild, exulting, rollercoaster prose and questing narratives of Henry Miller, Charles Bukowski, and Jack Kerouac, but cringed at the misogyny; couldn t we have the former without the latter? We can, because: Lidia Yuknavitch. Buckle your seat belts; it s gonna be a wild feminist ride. --Rebecca Solnit, author of "Men Explain Things to Me" and "The Faraway Nearby""

Y uknavitch is a gifted writer whose dizzying passages are often as compelling as they are grotesque. --"Kirkus Reviews""

Advance Praise for THE SMALL BACKS OF CHILDREN
Yuknavitch is a gifted writer whose dizzying passages are often as compelling as they are grotesque. --"Kirkus Reviews""

In the latest book from Lidia Yuknavitch, she delves into the aftermath of conflict and tragedy, showing how one image can impact the lives of numerous characters... --Vol 1Brooklyn"

This is a novel for the bold of heart --"New York Journal of Books""

"The Small Backs of Children" [is] an intensely corporal, potently feminist, tenaciously written work as alert to animal resilience as to the capacity for bruised and battered suffering, for desire, for ecstasy. --"Boston Globe""

"The Small Backs of Children" proves once again that Yuknavitch is witness to the kind of stories we ought to read. --The Rumpus.com"

Yuknavitch writes about art, violence, sex, ferocity, willpower and womanhood with explosive force, in a language that evokes modern mythology. --LitHub"

"The Small Backs of Children" is deeply complex and layered, yet also deceptively simple exquisite in its lyricism and its ability to articulate and amplify the experiences of suffering and survival. --The Nervous Breakdown"

"The Small Backs of Children" beautifully examines the fractures of loss and the myriad ways we can recover from it. --"Huffington Post""

This is a novel for the bold of heart. --"New York Journal of Books""

Yuknavitch has emerged as a trailblazing literary voice that spans genres and dives deep into themes of gender, sexuality, art, violence, and transcendence. --Suleika Jaouad, Lenny Letter"

I have never felt so wrung out by a novel and yet simultaneously invigorated a terrifically good novel and powerfully written. --Paris Review"

This is a novel for the bold of heart. --New York Journal of Books"

An intensely corporal, potently feminist, tenaciously written work as alert to animal resilience as to the capacity for bruised and battered suffering, for desire, for ecstasy. --Boston Globe"

Lidia Yuknavitch burns through sex, art, and war in The Small Backs of Children. --Vanity Fair"

Lidia Yuknavitch s explosive new novel is fierce in its vision, with captivating prose that carries its own momentum. Yuknavitch has created a reading experience that is uncomfortable and dazzling, with a vital intensity that grabs at the gutstrings. --Los Angeles Times"

The Small Backs of Children beautifully examines the fractures of loss and the myriad ways we can recover from it. --Huffington Post"

Gorgeous, scary, and a breathtaking rush to read, this book is less a meditation than a provocation on the power and dangers of art. --Library Journal (starred review)"

Lidia Yuknavitch s first novel for a big publisher is a big winner. --The Oregonian"

If you want a novel that is going to swallow you alive this summer, turn to Lidia Yuknavitch whose The Small Backs of Children is the kind of book that goes straight for your heart and your mind This one is important. --Bustle Summer Reading Roundup"

The Small Backs of Children proves once again that Yuknavitch is witness to the kind of stories we ought to read. --The Rumpus.com"

[An example] of thrilling storytelling with universal appeal. --Entertainment Weekly"

Yuknavitch has a point of view and a fragmented and fractured visionary elegance in her poetic, allusive punk-infused voice. She grabs readers by the throats and immerses them in an intense, wrenching fictive world, but lets them up for air through careful structuring and pacing. --Buffalo News"

Yuknavitch s writing style works in absolutes and blanket statements like large swaths of color on a canvas if you ask me to follow Yuknavitch s plume into a raw, experimental work, I gladly will. --Portland Mercury"

The Small Backs of Children is deeply complex and layered, yet also deceptively simple exquisite in its lyricism and its ability to articulate and amplify the experiences of suffering and survival. --The Nervous Breakdown"

Lidia Yuknavitch s writing is a sizzle wire. Her fierce prose will jumpstart your heart and electrify your brain and her new novel, The Small Backs of Children is a provocative and thrilling jolt of a book. --Bustle"

this story packs a powerful punch. It may sound heavy but, trust us, everyone is going to be talking about this book. --Boats International"

"Yuknavitch has emerged as a trailblazing literary voice that spans genres and dives deep into themes of gender, sexuality, art, violence, and transcendence."--Suleika Jaouad, Lenny Letter

"I have never felt so wrung out by a novel and yet simultaneously invigorated...a terrifically good novel and powerfully written."--Paris Review

"This is a novel for the bold of heart."--New York Journal of Books

"An intensely corporal, potently feminist, tenaciously written work as alert to animal resilience as to the capacity for bruised and battered suffering, for desire, for ecstasy."--Boston Globe

"Lidia Yuknavitch burns through sex, art, and war in The Small Backs of Children."--Vanity Fair

"Lidia Yuknavitch's explosive new novel...is fierce in its vision, with captivating prose that carries its own momentum. Yuknavitch has created a reading experience that is uncomfortable and dazzling, with a vital intensity that grabs at the gutstrings."--Los Angeles Times

"The Small Backs of Children beautifully examines the fractures of loss and the myriad ways we can recover from it. "--Huffington Post

"Gorgeous, scary, and a breathtaking rush to read, this book is less a meditation than a provocation on the power and dangers of art."--Library Journal (starred review)

"Lidia Yuknavitch's first novel for a big publisher is a big winner."--The Oregonian

"If you want a novel that is going to swallow you alive this summer, turn to Lidia Yuknavitch whose The Small Backs of Children is the kind of book that goes straight for your heart and your mind...This one is important."--Bustle Summer Reading Roundup

"The Small Backs of Children proves once again that Yuknavitch is witness to the kind of stories we ought to read."--The Rumpus.com

"[An example] of thrilling storytelling with universal appeal."--Entertainment Weekly

"Yuknavitch has a point of view and a fragmented and fractured visionary elegance in her poetic, allusive punk-infused voice. She grabs readers by the throats and immerses them in an intense, wrenching fictive world, but lets them up for air through careful structuring and pacing."--Buffalo News

"In the latest book from Lidia Yuknavitch, she delves into the aftermath of conflict and tragedy, showing how one image can impact the lives of numerous characters..."--Vol 1Brooklyn

"Yuknavitch's writing style works in absolutes and blanket statements like large swaths of color on a canvas...if you ask me to follow Yuknavitch's plume into a raw, experimental work, I gladly will."--Portland Mercury

"Yuknavitch writes about art, violence, sex, ferocity, willpower and womanhood with explosive force, in a language that evokes modern mythology."--LitHub

"The Small Backs of Children is deeply complex and layered, yet also deceptively simple...exquisite in its lyricism and its ability to articulate and amplify the experiences of suffering and survival."--The Nervous Breakdown

"Lidia Yuknavitch's writing is a sizzle wire. Her fierce prose will jumpstart your heart and electrify your brain...and her new novel, The Small Backs of Children is a provocative and thrilling jolt of a book."--Bustle

..".this story packs a powerful punch. It may sound heavy but, trust us, everyone is going to be talking about this book."--Boats International

-Yuknavitch has emerged as a trailblazing literary voice that spans genres and dives deep into themes of gender, sexuality, art, violence, and transcendence.---Suleika Jaouad, Lenny Letter

-I have never felt so wrung out by a novel and yet simultaneously invigorated...a terrifically good novel and powerfully written.---Paris Review

-This is a novel for the bold of heart.---New York Journal of Books

-An intensely corporal, potently feminist, tenaciously written work as alert to animal resilience as to the capacity for bruised and battered suffering, for desire, for ecstasy.---Boston Globe

Advance Praise for THE SMALL BACKS OF CHILDREN
-Yuknavitch is a gifted writer whose dizzying passages are often as compelling as they are grotesque.---Kirkus Reviews

-Lidia Yuknavitch burns through sex, art, and war in The Small Backs of Children.---Vanity Fair

-Lidia Yuknavitch's explosive new novel...is fierce in its vision, with captivating prose that carries its own momentum. Yuknavitch has created a reading experience that is uncomfortable and dazzling, with a vital intensity that grabs at the gutstrings.---Los Angeles Times

-The Small Backs of Children beautifully examines the fractures of loss and the myriad ways we can recover from it. ---Huffington Post

-Gorgeous, scary, and a breathtaking rush to read, this book is less a meditation than a provocation on the power and dangers of art.---Library Journal (starred review)

-Lidia Yuknavitch's first novel for a big publisher is a big winner.---The Oregonian

-If you want a novel that is going to swallow you alive this summer, turn to Lidia Yuknavitch whose The Small Backs of Children is the kind of book that goes straight for your heart and your mind...This one is important.---Bustle Summer Reading Roundup

-The Small Backs of Children proves once again that Yuknavitch is witness to the kind of stories we ought to read.---The Rumpus.com

-[An example] of thrilling storytelling with universal appeal.---Entertainment Weekly

-Yuknavitch has a point of view and a fragmented and fractured visionary elegance in her poetic, allusive punk-infused voice. She grabs readers by the throats and immerses them in an intense, wrenching fictive world, but lets them up for air through careful structuring and pacing.---Buffalo News

-In the latest book from Lidia Yuknavitch, she delves into the aftermath of conflict and tragedy, showing how one image can impact the lives of numerous characters...---Vol 1Brooklyn

-Yuknavitch's writing style works in absolutes and blanket statements like large swaths of color on a canvas...if you ask me to follow Yuknavitch's plume into a raw, experimental work, I gladly will.---Portland Mercury

-Yuknavitch writes about art, violence, sex, ferocity, willpower and womanhood with explosive force, in a language that evokes modern mythology.---LitHub

-The Small Backs of Children is deeply complex and layered, yet also deceptively simple...exquisite in its lyricism and its ability to articulate and amplify the experiences of suffering and survival.---The Nervous Breakdown

-Lidia Yuknavitch's writing is a sizzle wire. Her fierce prose will jumpstart your heart and electrify your brain...and her new novel, The Small Backs of Children is a provocative and thrilling jolt of a book.---Bustle

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