Episode 26: The Book of Joan

OMGEEEZ! We’re back, and this epi we’re talking about The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch.

You’re in luck because we talk about: the power of wine stoppers (they work!), cutting through soft skin with wire (it’s a thing in the book!), the constant action in the story, our confusion with the place name CIEL (newsflash: it’s French), the fact that the story was toooooo much for us, all the positive reviews, comparison to Marilynne Robinson’s book (PS It’s Housekeeping, NOT Homecoming), how the book continues for what feels like forever, “womb logic,” some fucked up transphobic shit– oof, in short, we get sassy.

Olivia drinks: a sauv blanc named AVA GRACE (it’s from Whole Foods obvi)
Ashley drinks: weeks-old rose with a tiny bit of carbonation left thanks to that mystical wine stopper

We read: The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch
Up next: We are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby

Music by: Matt Costa!

2 thoughts on “Episode 26: The Book of Joan

  1. I came across this while searching the internet, trying to figure out why so many people praise this book when it’s blatantly transphobic. I actually first appreciated the book for the weird and interesting world building, despite the awkward and eye rolling moments (many of which you pointed out). but then the transphobic stuff started shining through and I just couldn’t. I’m so confused about this author because it seems like she is not a TERF, but I gather that she has other problematic moments with trans people in her other fiction. this will be my first and last book by this author.


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