Lidia Yuknavitch:
The beauty of being a misfit

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To those who feel like they don't belong: there is beauty in being a misfit. Author Lidia Yuknavitch shares her own wayward journey in an intimate recollection of patchwork stories about loss, shame and the slow process of self-acceptance. "Even at the moment of your failure, you are beautiful," she says. "You don't know it yet, but you have the ability to reinvent yourself endlessly. That's your beauty."

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In her acclaimed novels and memoir, author Lidia Yuknavitch navigates the intersection of tragedy and violence to draw new roadmaps for self­-discovery. Full bio
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The Misfit's Manifesto

By Lidia Yuknavitch

This manifesto makes a powerful case for not fitting in -- for recognizing the beauty, and difficulty, in forging an original path.

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