PREORDER FOR APRIL 5, 2022
“Fiercely intelligent, humorous, and vulnerable, this is a book that takes hold of you with both hands and never lets go.
Vivian is my ideal protagonist: a woman who knows who she is (funny, smart, headstrong, messy) and whose biggest hurdle is reconciling this knowing with what society expects or even allows. She’s not “lost;” she’s conflicted and wanting and (mostly) willing to confront herself and her past.
Johnson skillfully gives voice to a character you want to spend time with whether she’s making you laugh or cry, even when she’s at her worst, even when she’s at her most heartbroken and heartbreaking.”
A “deeply original” (Elif Batuman), “violently funny” (Myriam Gurba), “brilliant and unforgettable” (Deesha Philyaw) debut about a young Black Latina lawyer finally confronting her dark past
To the outside observer, Vivian is a success story—a dedicated lawyer who advocates for mentally ill patients at a New York City psychiatric hospital. Privately, Vivian contends with the memories and aftereffects of her bad childhood—compounded by the everyday stresses of being a Black Latinx woman in America. She lives in a constant state of hypervigilant awareness that makes even a simple subway ride into a heart-pounding drama.
For years, Vivian has self-medicated with a mix of dating, dieting, dark humor and smoking weed with her BFF, Jane. But after a family reunion prompts Vivian to take a bold step, she finds herself alone in new and terrifying ways, without even Jane to confide in, and she starts to unravel. Will she find a way to repair what matters most to her?
A debut from a stunning talent, Post-traumatic is a new kind of survivor narrative, featuring a complex heroine who is blazingly, indelibly alive. With razor-sharp prose and mordant wit, Chantal V. Johnson performs an extraordinary feat, delivering a psychologically astute story about the aftermath of trauma that somehow manages to brim with warmth, laughter, and hope.