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Porter Square Books
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Cambridge, MA 02140

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Porter Square Books is thrilled to welcome Jeanna Kadlec, author of her debut memoir Heretic, for a conversation with T. Kira MaddenHeretic is a Lit Hub "Most Anticipated Book of 2022", an Autostraddle "Rainbow Reading: Book Recommendations From Hot People Just Hit Different", an Electric Lit "Most Anticipated LGBTQ+ Books for Fall 2022" , an Autostraddle “Queer and Feminist Books Coming Your Way- Fall 2022” , a Bay Area Reporter "Word for word: Fall Arts book" , and a Buzzfeed "15 Incredible Memoirs To Look Out For This Fall."

A memoir of leaving the evangelical church and the search for radical new ways to build community. 

Jeanna Kadlec knew what it meant to be faithful--in her marriage to a pastor’s son, in the comfortable life ahead of her, in her God--but there was no denying the truth that lived under that conviction: she was queer and, if she wanted to survive, she would need to leave behind the church and every foundational building block she knew. 

Heretic is a memoir of rebirth. Within, Kadlec reckons with religious trauma and Midwestern values, as a means of unveiling how evangelicalism directly impacts every American--religious or not--and has been a major force in driving our democracy towards fascism. From the story of Lilith to celebrity purity rings, Kadlec interrogates how her indoctrination and years of piety intersects with her Midwest working-class upbringing. As she navigated graduate school, a new home on the East Coast, and a new marriage, another insidious truth began to reveal itself --that conservative Christianity has both built and undermined our political power structures, poisoned our pop culture, and infected how we interact with one another in ways that the secular population couldn’t see.  

Weaving the personal with powerful critique, Heretic explores how we can radically abandon these painful systems by taking a sledgehammer to the comfortable. Whether searching for community in the face of millennial loneliness or wanting to reclaim a secular form of fellowship in everyday life, Kadlec envisions the brilliant possibilities that come with not only daring to want a different way but actually striking out and claiming it for ourselves.

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