Mothertrucker forthcoming in Chinese translation for Spring 2023 publication
Mothertrucker forthcoming in German translation by HarperCollins for Fall 2022/Spring 2023 publication
The Wall Street Journal calls Mothertrucker "a rattling good story" that is "shot through with poignant insights."
Publishers Weekly calls Mothertrucker "tender and gripping" and "a trip readers won't soon forget."
Kirkus Reviews calls Mothertrucker "a searching and deeply empathetic memoir" and "a sobering reflection on verbal and psychological abuse [that] honors the healing power of female friendship and questions the nature of divinity beyond its constricting patriarchal manifestations."
Mothertrucker featured on NPR's All Sides Weekend Books
Katie Couric recommends Mothertrucker
Mothertrucker named a finalist for the 2022 Ohioana Book Award
"On Images of Violence" awarded a notable distinction in The Best American Essays Series 2021, guest edited by Kathryn Schultz
Guest Essay, "I Know All Too Well How a Lovely Relationship Can Descend Into Abuse," Appears In The New York Times
Joey Soloway, Julianne Moore Team To Adapt Trucking Memoir Mothertrucker
Excerpts of Mothertrucker awarded a 2020 Individual Excellence Award by the Ohio Arts Council, judges call it 'well researched, 'very well-written,' and 'a positive antidote to the trauma of violence against women'
In this tender and gripping tale, essayist Butcher (Visiting Hours) recounts her unlikely adventure through Alaska with the country’s only female ice trucker, the late Joy “Mothertrucker” Wiebe… Along the way, Butcher explores myriad issues with nuance and grace, including Indigenous rights, violence against women, religious hypocrisy, and environmental concerns. It’s a trip readers won’t soon forget.
A sobering reflection on verbal and psychological abuse [that] honors the healing power of female friendship and questions the nature of divinity beyond its constricting patriarchal manifestations. A searching and deeply empathetic memoir.
Ms. Butcher finds a way to make her story as much about the crisscross knot that is America today as it is about her and Joy, their short time together, and those men whom women love and too often fear…it is shot through with poignant insights about that extraordinary place and the extraordinary woman who drew her there. By listening so well to that landscape and to her plucky companion, Ms. Butcher indeed finds untapped reserves of self-reliance, and finally the power to reinvent herself. She also tells a rattling good story.
“Amy Butcher’s Mothertrucker is both an intimate portrait of an unforgettable woman and a powerful exploration of how the author finds her way to a more courageous life. There’s truth and beauty on every page of this gorgeous and gripping book.”
AUTHOR OF WILD
“I used to wonder what it would feel like to read a nonfictive piece of art that read like a literary novel, a mystery, a feature, the best of travel writing and welcoming theory. Now I know. A lot will be written about what Amy Butcher pulls off in this book. It’s the how that is unsettling in the best way, the how that moves this book from remarkable to a gritty greatness we seldom experience in American literature.”
KIESE LAYMON, AUTHOR OF HEAVY
AND LONG DIVISION
“A beautifully written exploration of a woman’s endeavor to let go of fear and open herself to joy. Can the divine be found on the most dangerous ice road in Alaska? Or is it through our own souls’ journeys toward a most loving and merciful understanding of our own courage and pain? Or both and more? Amy Butcher takes us along for the ride with exquisite writing and heart-pounding yearning.”
CREATOR OF "TRANSPARENT" AND "I LOVE DICK"
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