A Year without a Name

A Year without a Name

by Cyrus Grace Dunham


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A Lambda Literary Award Finalist: from "an extraordinary new voice," a "passionate and clear-eyed and unputdownable" meditation on queerness, family, and desire (Mary Karr).

For as long as they can remember, Cyrus Grace Dunham felt like a visitor in their own body. Their life was a series of imitations — lovable little girl, daughter, sister, young gay woman — until their profound sense of alienation became intolerable.

Moving between Grace and Cyrus, Dunham brings us inside the chrysalis of gender transition, asking us to bear witness to an uncertain and exhilarating process that troubles our most basic assumptions about who we are and how we are constituted. Written with disarming emotional intensity in a voice uniquely theirs, A Year Without a Name is a potent, thrillingly unresolved queer coming of age story.

Named one of Fall 2019's Most Anticipated Books by:
O Magazine
Harper's Bazaar

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316444965
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 10/15/2019
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 220,367
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Cyrus Grace Dunham is a writer and organizer living in Los Angeles. A Year Without a Name is their first book.

What People are Saying About This

Author of The Liars’ Club, Cherry, Lit, and The Art of Memoir - Mary Karr

“Cyrus Grace Dunham has written a classic memoir—passionate and clear eyed and unputdownable. I’ve never seen a gender journey rendered in more tender, riveting detail. Bravo to this extraordinary new voice.”

Author of Confessions of the Fox - Jordy Rosenberg

“A work of extraordinarily intimate confession rendered in startling, sparkling prose. Some memoirs read as if they are written for the author alone; this memoir reads like it was written for us. With erudition, frankness, and eloquence, Dunham braids a propulsive narrative momentum together with alternately vexed and exquisite particulars of daily life. This book, simply put, summons a deeply private and deeply pleasurable exchange with its reader. In the grand tradition, it keeps us company.”

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