Wiving: A Memoir of Loving Then Leaving the Patriarchy


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Arcade Publishing
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6.0 X 9.1 X 1.1 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Caitlin Myer is the daughter of a poet and a visual artist, and she grew up in a large, chaotic Mormon family in Provo, Utah. Her short stories, poetry, and essays have appeared in No Tokens, Electric Literature, The Butter, Cultural Weekly, and Joyland, among others, and she was a 2012 MacDowell Colony Fellow. In 2010, Myer founded the San Francisco-based literary reading series, Portuguese Artists Colony (PAC), which has extended its reach beyond the US to performances in Portugal. For seven years she traveled the world, and she has recently settled in Guimarães, Portugal.


The Most Anticipated Memoirs of 2020, She Reads

"Starkly revealing . . . An absorbing, emotionally raw confessional memoir . . . Myer recounts in candid detail her process of self-discovery and eventual, hard-won empowerment."--Kirkus Reviews

"A beautiful, heartbreaking book grappling with what it means to live in a female body; what it takes to love and to wrench oneself out of the constraints of love and into a terrifying and dazzling freedom. A gem of a book that is more important now than ever." --Nayomi Munaweera, award-winning author of Island of a Thousand Mirrors

"Wiving is a wonder, a hypnotic account of the dangers of desire--specifically female desire--when it dares to run counter to all the barriers that were created to keep such passions in their place. Myer's self-examination and honesty go way past brave and into a dizzying kind of free-fall confession. When I finished this, I felt heart-broken to know what finally 'shook her free.' Highly recommended."--Glen David Gold, author of Carter Beats the Devil and I Will Be Complete

"In Wiving, a memoir of her journey away from Mormonism, Caitlin Myer brings a compelling new voice: lyrical, heart-wrenching, and sexy. Myer's identification with the Biblical figures Judith and Yael and her wild, unconventional choices kept me enthralled." --Ayelet Waldman, bestselling author of Love and Other Impossible Pursuits and Bad Mother