NEWS

I'll be returning to the Fine Arts Work Center this summer - June 25 through 30 - to teach "Memory to Memoir." 

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THE OTHER SIDE is a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize in Nonfiction!

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Sarah Viren writes in The Iowa Review, "Reading [THE OTHER SIDE], you realize the power of memoir, if not to set things right--because as Lacy Johnson makes clear, this is not a story of recovery or triumph--then at least to shift the balance of power."

Read the full review here.

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THE OTHER SIDE is nominated for an Edgar Award in the Best Fact Crime category!

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THE OTHER SIDE is a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Autobiography!

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The Houston Chronicle names THE OTHER SIDE one of the best books of 2014!

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THE OTHER SIDE is one of 2014's best memoirs, according to Library Journal

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Kirkus names THE OTHER SIDE one of the best books of 2014!

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Nathan Goldman, writing in The Los Angeles Review of Books, says THE OTHER SIDE "refashions our culture’s narratives about violence and victimhood, deepens our understanding of the lived experience of systemic misogyny, and illumines the elusive interplay of body, word, memory, and meaning."

Read the full interview here

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Electric Literature calls THE OTHER SIDE "Fearless. Unabashed. Unrelenting. Raw."

Read the full review here

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KUHF's Houston Matters invites Lacy to speak with host Craig Cohen about THE OTHER SIDE, domestic violence twenty years after VAWA, and Janay Rice. 

Listen to the interview here!

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Lacy joins Good Day Austin anchor Amanda Salinas to discuss THE OTHER SIDE

See the interview

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Wall Street Journal raves for THE OTHER SIDE:

"The Other Side [is] a short memoir written with both fury and restraint. The reader feels pulled onto a fast train, in a compartment with a narrator telling an intimate and terrifying tale."

Read the full review here!

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The Austin Chronicle calls THE OTHER SIDE "unforgettable": 

"The Other Side is neither flowery nor stale, never shy or gratuitous. Instead, its haunting beauty grips the reader from the opening line."

Read the full review here!

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From Melissa Chadburn at The Rumpus

"Johnson’s memoir is an extraordinary document, and she herself holds an important place in a movement to stop violence against women."

Read the full interview here

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From The Texas Observer: 

"The Other Side is a book about an abusive relationship leading to a violent crime, yes, but more than that it’s about the difficulty and necessity of telling such a story instead of allowing others to tell it for you."

Read the full review here

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From Kirkus Reviews

"For years, fear that The Suspect would arrive unannounced crippled her. Lack of closure left her hollow, aimless. Fourteen years later, her voice is clear, bold and proud that she has finally reached the other side of darkness."

Read the full interview here

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The Oregonian reviews THE OTHER SIDE:

"Johnson's book means something profound. It's not always easy to read, but nor should it be. And what's remarkable is that a person who knows so much about being terrified — most recently, that her ex will come and murder her at one of her readings — can write a book so fearless."

Read the full review here

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Kirkus Reviews calls THE OTHER SIDE a "modern classic"! 

"How soon is too soon to call a recently published book a modern classic? Just because critics praise a new book and readers buy it doesn’t mean that book will be read by future generations. The awed whispers of adulation we’ve been hearing about the nine books in this week’s list let us know they stand out—we don’t have a crystal ball, but all of these books deserve to be read far into the future...."

See the full story here

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More press for THE OTHER SIDE

Print Oriented Bastards
Ostrich Review
Real Change News
San Francisco Chronicle
Los Angeles Review
Star Tribune
Austin Culturemap
Houstonia Magazine
San Antonio Current
Lit Reactor
Chicago Tribune
Library Journal
Kirkus Reviews
Publishers Weekly
BuzzFeed
Library Journal

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Press for [the invisible city]

Culturemap
Houston Chronicle
Houstonia Magazine
Houston Chronicle
Glasstire

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Press for TRESPASSES

The Millions
Library Journal
TriQuarterly Online
Pebble Lake Review
Hippocampus Magazine
Orion Magazine
Bookslut

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