The Chronology of Water, Lidia Yuknavitch expertly moves the reader through issues of gender, sexuality, violence, and the family from the point of view of a lifelong swimmer turned artist. In writing that explores the nature of memoir itself, her story traces the effect of extreme grief on a young woman's developing sexuality that some define as untraditional because of her attraction to both men and women. Her emergence as a writer evolves at the same time and takes the narrator on a journey of addiction, self-destruction, and ultimately survival that finally comes in the shape of love and motherhood.
"The Chronology of Water is an absolutely amazing memoir, just out in paperback. It bowled me over! The writing is an explosive, gorgeous, powerful mad dance of words.
The author grew up with an abusive father and an alcoholic mother, and then, as an adult, proceeded to push the edge in every way to dull her pain. At times it is pretty graphic sexually, but that is just a part of the story. It's about life and the beautiful ugly breakage that occurs; it's about the bruises of love, the maps of what we lost and where to find it; it's about the weight of life that, at times, can be too much to bear; it's about the felicity of timing and the horror of loss. It's kind of like The Glass Castle on steroids.
I was reading it on the bus to work and felt like I was on fire. It propelled me to write my first ever letter to an author, just to tell her how excited I am about this book and how much I will love selling it.
From a small press in Portland, this is just the kind of book that the indies will make into a bestseller. Don't miss taking a look at this book. It will hook you from the very start".