Joan: A Novel of Joan of Arc


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Random House
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6.38 X 9.44 X 1.27 inches | 1.28 pounds

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About the Author

Katherine J. Chen is the author of the novel Mary B. Her work has been published in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Literary Hub, and the historical fiction anthology Stories from Suffragette City. She received her MFA from Boston University, where she was a senior teaching fellow and awarded the Florence Engel Randall Fiction Prize.


"The only miracles enacted in these pages are the ones the writer herself pulls off: In Joan, Ms. Chen retrieves the worn fragments of Joan of Arc's story and assembles them into a narrative that's eerie, austere and just this side of plausible. To do so is no small feat."--Maureen Corrigan, The Wall Street Journal

"Chen's Joan has a scrappy, resilient childhood filled with both abuse and love. She grows up learning to fight, but always for justice on behalf of the people and country she loves."--The Washington Post

"This Joan is no pious maiden but a strong soldier and smart military strategist and logistician; and yes, she really did pull an arrow out of her own neck."--Margaret Atwood (on Twitter)

"An epic take on the life of Joan of Arc, Chen's Joan reimagines the martyr as a secular, fierce, intelligent young warrior and woman, humanized and ripe for our time."--Parade

"We all know the story of teenage Joan of Arc, but this electrifying novel fleshes her out as a passionate young woman who defied convention (and then some!). A vivid and very real slice of historical fiction that tears along towards her fateful ending."--Good Housekeeping (UK)

"Vivid, visceral and boldly immediate storytelling."--The Telegraph (UK)

"Chen's brilliantly imagined novel breathes new life into this famous tale. Her Joan is a riotous tomboy, a hot-headed adolescent and a decidedly unsaintly soldier - and is all the more inspiring for it. A triumph of historical fiction."--Mail on Sunday (UK)

"Revolutionary . . . Chen masterfully transforms the two-dimensional martyr into a multifaceted woman and warrior."--Booklist (starred review)

"A brilliant exploration of how an otherworldly peasant girl became a leader of violent men and a national icon."--The Guardian (UK)

"This is a beautifully written novel that will have you thinking about this iconic woman in new and complex ways."--Ms.

"Joan by Katherine J. Chen brings one of history's most iconic heroines to life."--The Daily Beast

"This is a big story, and the author also keeps our attention by ringing changes that make this a Joan for our times. She is at war with misogyny as well as the English. She is an inspiring feminist heroine, courageous and kind, humane and hopeful, a girl in armour who shows what a girl in armour can do."--The Times Literary Supplement

"Chen does justice to her legend and this will transport and move you."--Glamour (UK)

"What Joan is in this book is a true kickass heroine, and I think Katherine Chen has knocked it out of the park with this one. I absolutely loved it. It comes with the stamp of the greatest of all, Hilary Mantel. That's all you need to know."--John Mitchinson on Monocle on Culture