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Joan: The stunning feminist reimagining of Joan of Arc

Katherine J. Chen

2 Reviews

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Historical fiction

Girl. Warrior. Heretic. Saint? A stunning feminist reimagining of the life of Joan of Arc, perfect for fans of Cecily and Alison Weir.

A stunning feminist reimagining of the life of Joan of Arc - perfect for fans of Cecily, Ariadne and Matrix

'It is as if the author has crept inside a statue and breathed a soul into it, re-creating Joan of Arc as a woman for our time' Hilary Mantel, twice Booker Prize-winning author of The Mirror & the Light

'A glorious, sweeping novel . . . Richly imagined, poignant and inspiring' Jennifer Saint, author of Ariadne

'Chen earns the comparison [to Mantel] thanks to her vivid, visceral and boldly immediate storytelling . . . a hypnotic heroine for our time' Telegraph

'Chen's Joan roars off the page. If you liked Ariadne, then this has to be your next read' Red Magazine

*Times Best Historical Novels of July 2022 Pick*
*The Week Best Novels of 2022 Pick*

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Girl. Warrior. Heretic. Saint?

France is mired in a losing war against England. Its people are starving. Its king is in hiding. Yet out of the chaos, an unlikely heroine emerges.

Reckless, steel-willed and brilliant, Joan has survived a childhood steeped in both joy and violence to claim an extraordinary - and fragile - position at the head of the French army. The battlefield and the royal court are full of dangers and Joan finds herself under suspicion from all sides - as well as under threat from her own ambition.

With unforgettably vivid characters and propulsive storytelling, Joan is a thrilling epic, a triumph of historical fiction, and a feminist celebration of one remarkable - and remarkably real - woman who left an indelible mark on history.

PRAISE FOR JOAN
'An electrifying creative leap - a re-imagining both vivid and compelling. A triumph!' Annie Garthwaite, author of Cecily'Measured, austere, profoundly physical. I loved it' Jo Baker, author of Longbourn

'Riveting and beautiful. Chen has given us a new Joan for our times, who is tender, magnetic, and courageous. This is a haunting and deeply insightful novel' Rebecca Stott, Costa award-winning author of In the Days of Rain

'Pacy but lyrical, which takes great skill . . . Joan possesses a mystical, spiritual quality that gleams within the dirt and brutality of war, while her kindness and compassion shine through. I loved the writing, the imagery, the feeling of authenticity: this novel will stay with me for a long time' Elizabeth Chadwick, bestselling author

'This masterly and intense portrait creates a convincing three-dimensional character from the young peasant woman gifted with vision

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Praise for Joan: The stunning feminist reimagining of Joan of Arc

  • It is as if the author has crept inside a statue and breathed a soul into it, re-creating Joan of Arc as a woman for our time. She is a genius, but also a child, an icon, but also vulnerable and human. Chen's novel brings home to us the strangeness of Joan's story as well as its appeal, which is timeless, without borders, always fresh

  • The Joan of Arc who inhabits Chen's ambitious, thrilling novel is far from the usual portrayal of a pious girl with feverish visions. This Joan is of the earth - scrappy and strong, resilient and curious - who overcomes a brutal childhood to fight for her country and achieve unimaginable heights. Beautifully written and rich with captivating detail

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Katherine J. Chen

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 in the historical fiction anthology Stories from Suffragette City. She is a graduate of Princeton University and received her MFA from Boston University, where she was a senior teaching fellow and awarded the Florence Engel Randall Fiction Prize.

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