A Year Without a Name: A Memoir

A Year Without a Name: A Memoir Details

From "an extraordinary new voice," a "passionate and clear-eyed and unputdownable" meditation on queerness, family, and desire. (Mary Karr)


For as long as they can remember, Cyrus Grace Dunham felt like a visitor in their own body. Their life was a series of imitations--lovable little girl, daughter, sister, young gay woman--until their profound sense of alienation became intolerable.

Moving between Grace and Cyrus, Dunham brings us inside the chrysalis of gender transition, asking us to bear witness to an uncertain and exhilarating process that troubles our most basic assumptions about who we are and how we are constituted. Written with disarming emotional intensity in a voice uniquely theirs, A Year Without a Name is a potent, thrillingly unresolved queer coming of age story.

Named one of Fall 2019's Most Anticipated Books by: Time NYLON Vogue ELLE Buzzfeed Bustle O Magazine Harper's Bazaar

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  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    Cyrus Grace Dunham delivers a thought-stirring and powerful memoir about their gender identity and eventual gender transition. At the center of the story is Cyrus Grace’s unresolved feelings about w...

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)

    I decided to start November out seeing how many memoirs I could read.This memoir is an excellent capture of grappling with genderqueer identity. I've marked a bunch of places that resonate with experi...

  • Valerie Brett

    I feel like giving this book two stars because of my experience reading it, but it’s not bad, and more trans voices in publishing is great, so I’m bumping it up a star. Cyrus’s writing is straig...

  • Jane

    A very mixed and mixed-up read. I hope Cyrus Grace writes a memoir twenty years from now, and that the future book will be less therapy and more literature. This was heartbreaking, like reading someon...

  • Raven Black

    Lots going on here. Almost as if looking at their diary, inside their mind and by their side all at once. You'll like, dislike, understand and will be unsure all at the same time...

  • Karen

    dnf @ 27%lol this is unfair but i found out cyrus grace dunham is the sibling of lena dunham and i just kind of lost interest in reading this. also most of the chunk i read was pretty focused on sex a...

  • Sylvia Ward

    3.5 / 5 stars. This is a hauntingly raw journey as Grace contemplates becoming Cyrus; as she becomes they, sometimes he, and back to she at times. It feels as if Grace was secretly in search of a meta...

  • Kellie Marnoch

    This was fine.As a trans memoir, it offers nothing new - there's even the ubiquitous caterpillar metamorphosing into a butterfly metaphor. But that's fine. More narratives lead to normalisation of tra...

  • Kit

    It's really hard for me to judge this book-- the subject matter hits far too close to home. When Dunham writes about parts about their "gender journey," so to speak, that I can only relate to intellec...

  • Kate

    This is one of the most intimate, vulnerable and unbelievable honest memoirs I have ever read! This reads almost like diary form as Cyrus Grace Dunham writes so clearly and openly about their gender j...