New York Times Bestselling Author
Kathryn Harrison is the author of the novels ENVY, THE SEAL WIFE, THE BINDING CHAIR, POISON, EXPOSURE, and THICKER THAN WATER. She has also written memoirs, THE KISS and THE MOTHER KNOT, a travel memoir, THE ROAD TO SANTIAGO, a biography, SAINT THERESE OF LISIEUX, and a collection of personal essays, SEEKING RAPTURE. Ms. Harrison is a frequent reviewer for THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW; her essays, which have been included in many anthologies, have appeared in THE NEW YORKER, HARPER’S MAGAZINE, VOGUE, O MAGAZINE, SALON, and other publications. Her latest book is ENCHANTMENTS. She lives in New York with her husband, the novelist Colin Harrison, and their children.
The profoundly inspiring and fully documented saga of Joan of Arc, the young peasant girl whose “voices” moved her to rally the French nation and a reluctant king against British invaders in 1428. Was she a divinely inspired saint? A schizophrenic? A demonically possessed heretic, as her persecutors and captors tried to prove?
“If you want a badass heroine like Hush Puppy in Beasts of the Southern Wild crossed with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (only with angels & Jesus) read Kathryn Harrison’s hair-raising bio of Joan of Arc—the best of six I’ve read.”—Mary Karr, author of The Liars’ Club and Lit
“I’m impressed by the way Kathryn Harrison so brilliantly blends narrative and scholarship in this gorgeous rendering of Joan of Arc’s story.”—Roxana Robinson, author of Georgia O’Keeffe: A Life