Hailed as "stunning" "genre-bending," Meghan Guidry's striking debut traces a family's history from the distant past of the Acadian expulsion to Hurricane Katrina and beyond to explore why parallel tragedies happen across centuries. Through sharp, "jewel-like" snapshots of devastation and betrayal, Guidry turns her family's history into a dazzling mythology to explore how distant events shape our lives, and what it means to heal from trauma in the face of incomprehensible loss.
Praise for Kinesiophobia
"Meghan Guidry renders a quintessentially American tale of generational struggle; of haunted, hunted characters paralyzed by a dark inheritance, with ferocious, poetic grace. Kinesiopobia is a story of love and survival, a gorgeous harrowing journey through fire and flood."
-Cara Hoffman, author of Running and RUIN
"With empathy and an extraordinary grasp of the depths of human connection, Guidry takes the shards of grief, trauma, and guilt and renders them into a stained glass window so lovely that not only can we not possibly look away, we are prone before it."
-Kristi Petersen Schoonover, author of Bad Apple, editor of 34 Orchard
"Evoking the fluidity of Clarice Lispector and the incisiveness of Janet Kauffmann, Kinesiophobia braids the trauma of forced migration, rising flood waters, and inevitable ends to create both a mythology of and homage to her family. With jewel-like imagery and a revelatory through-line, Guidry invites the reader to accompany her on an irresistible journey into how we inherit, and break free from, tragedy."
-C.D. Collins, author of Afterheat