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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2019 Cyrus Grace Dunham (P)2019 Little, Brown & Company
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: LGBTQ+

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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Good but too slow for me

I did like the 80% of the book but for me it was too slow (I had to listened in x1.3 speed). Also there was a lot of relationship information and too many people involve (to many names and not so much important info about them)…I got a little bit confused. But I do recommended it.

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This book is exceptional and meant a lot to me. I appreciated the audio format. Highly recommended.

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Impactful sharing of a story

I think audiobooks narrated by thr author mean that much more. There is a weight to the words that resonates stronger. This book shares an experience that many do not have, and does so in a way that can be relatable for any reader. Leaves a reader feeling like they want to hear more but is a compact enough read to stay engaged for the entirety.