A group of rebels have united to save a world ravaged by war, violence and greed. Joan is their leader. Jean de Men is their foe. The future of humanity is being rewritten . . .
Lidia Yuknavitch's mesmerising novel sees Joan of Arc's story reborn for the near future. It is a genre-defying masterpiece that may well rewire your brain.
"Brilliant and incendiary . . . The Book of Joan has the same unflinching quality as earlier works by Josephine Saxton, Doris Lessing, Frank Herbert, Ursula K. Le Guin and J.G. Ballard. Yet it's also radically new, full of maniacal invention and page-turning momentum . . . A rich, heady concoction, rippling with provocative ideas" (Jeff VanderMeer New York Times)
"Joan of Arc and Christine de Pizan are reimagined in a post-apocalyptic dystopia, in this compellingly ambitious examination of gender, semiotics and warfare" (Guardian)
"Extraordinary . . . A wild ride . . . The pleasure of this novel is its inventive energy; it aims to burn itself into your skin" (Financial Times)
"A raucous celebration, a searing condemnation, and fiercely imaginative retelling of Joan of Arc's transcendent life" (Roxane Gay)
"The Book of Joan is something new altogether . . . Kaleidoscopic, lyric . . . The Book of Joan shows off Yuknavitch's imagination and her gift for crafting sonorous sentences" (Huffington Post)
"Radical, raw and inventive" (Esquire)
"Yuknavitch will draw you into the future" (ELLE)
"A dystopian, feminist tale . . . Remarkable . . . The tension in this literary mash-up builds towards an action-packed climax; a convergence of characters and timelines with a page-turning momentum" (Irish Times)
"As ferociously intelligent as it is heart-wrenchingly humane, as generous as it is relentless, as irresistible as it is important . . . Genius" (Cheryl Strayed)
"Lidia Yuknavitch's The Book of Joan imagines the 21st century breaking down into eerie androgyny, new medievalism and ultraviolence - we mightn't have far to go" (Kevin Barry)