The Small Backs of Children

AUTHOR: Lidia Yuknavitch
PUBLISHER: Harper Perennial
DATE: 2016
PAGES: 224
AWARDS: Bisexual Book Awards for Fiction (2015)

purchase a copy via

Publisher’s Description

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?

Inclusion Criteria

A main character identifies as bisexual. A rare case of bisexuality being included in a book’s publisher blurb. The Small Backs of Children won the Bisexual Book Awards for Fiction in 2015. Author Lidia Yuknavitch identifies as bisexual.

Library Notes

Paperback. Purchased used by the library with founder’s funds.

Similar Titles