A Year Without a Name

A Memoir
Narrated by: Cyrus Grace Dunham
Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"Cyrus Grace Dunham has written a classic memoir - passionate and clear eyed and unputdownable. Bravo to this extraordinary new voice." (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.

Beginning as Grace and ending as 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 meditation on queerness, family, and desire.

©2019 Cyrus Grace Dunham (P)2019 Little, Brown & Company

Critic Reviews

"A work of extraordinarily intimate confession rendered in startling, sparkling - and addictive - prose. With erudition, frankness, and eloquence, Dunham braids a propulsive narrative momentum together with exquisite particulars of daily life. This book, simply put, summons a private and deeply pleasurable exchange with its reader. In the grand tradition, it keeps us company." (Jordy Rosenberg, author of Confessions of the Fox)

"A Year Without a Name is staggering, intimate, and astonishing; you can't help but be awed by the end of it. I'm grateful for the journey this memoir took me on, for what Dunham illuminates about loving ourselves and others." (Bryan Washington, author of Lot)

"Dunham's deeply felt, forthright, lucid accounting of the complex process of determining who they are is astonishing in its intimacy and generosity, and serves as a reminder of how difficult, but how necessary, it is to be honest with ourselves about who we know ourselves to be." (Kristen Iversen, Nylon)

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