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Little Brown and Company
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6.2 X 9.4 X 1.3 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author

Chantal V. Johnson is a tenant lawyer and writer. A graduate of Stanford Law School and a 2018 Center for Fiction Emerging Writers Fellow, she lives in New York.


"Chantal V. Johnson has blessed us with a cool, stylish, and violently funny novel about survival. It made me smile, laugh, cringe, shiver, and think. Like life, Post-traumatic is richly triggering and highly recommended."--Myriam Gurba, author of MEAN
"Post-traumatic is swift, caustic, charismatic, beautiful, terrifying, and so incredibly funny. It learns and unlearns itself continually, propelled by a restless main character whose gaze withers the world, the reader, and more achingly, herself. Johnson composes such precise, pathologically consumable prose that I couldn't stop reading, even if it was the way I'd watch a scary movie: through my fingers."--Tommy Pico, author of IRL and JUNK
"Post-traumatic is astonishingly funny, intimately neurotic, and so honest and necessary that I can't stop thinking about it. From the first sentence, we are thrust into the hyper-awareness of a character whose boundless vigilance makes us feel like both observer and observed. Johnson's attention to detail is so salient that it's simultaneously shocking and familiar. This book is a mirror I couldn't put down."--Jill Louise Busby, author of UNFOLLOW ME
POST-TRAUMATIC's Vivian is one of the most fascinating characters I've read in contemporary fiction: self-aware and lost, cutting and wounded, resilient and vulnerable -- all those misfit bits that add up to the whole of a real human being. And Chantal V. Johnson writes her with a startling intimacy that makes reading feel like an illicit thrill."--Dawnie Walton, author of THE FINAL REVIVAL OF OPAL & NEV
"Chantal V. Johnson is a brilliant documentarian of the unstable. She writes with a forensic and unsentimental sense of justice, in sentences that spark with life." --Vanessa Veselka, author of THE GREAT OFFSHORE GROUNDS
"Stunning and riotous, POST-TRAUMATIC took me right under and then revived me, like only the best fiction can do. Johnson's delicious, meticulous prose delivers such intimacy and hilarity on the page, I laughed and cried all the way through. This is a raw, brilliant, and unforgettable debut. I love everything about it!"--Deesha Philyaw, author of National Book Award Finalist THE SECRET LIVES OF CHURCH LADIES
"Deeply original, socially important, psychologically revelatory, propulsively and idiosyncratically readable. POST-TRAUMATIC is a gem."--Elif Batuman, author of THE IDIOT
"With searing intelligence, wicked humor, and an utterly captivating heroine, this brilliant debut shows us what it means to live with, and beyond, trauma. I felt such kinship with Vivian that I sometimes felt like Johnson was reading my mind."--Jessamine Chan, author of THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD MOTHERS
"A brutally funny and poignant debut...Dark humor is another coping mechanism for Vivian, which Johnson deploys with tremendous skill...Throughout, Vivian's confrontational interactions feel achingly true to life. This is revelatory and powerful."--PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, Starred Review
"Johnson's debut is a captivatingly raw, funny and relatable take on the survivor narrative."--Karla J. Strand, MS. Magazine