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Book Talk and Signing: Banshee by Rachel DeWoskin

Jun 23, 2019


What would happen if a woman tried doing the things men get away with daily? Find out as award-winning actress and author Rachel DeWoskin discusses and signs her latest novel, Banshee.

ABOUT THE BOOK: Samantha has a full, sane life—creative job, lovely family, and all the trappings of middle-age happiness. But when she gets a diagnosis that terrifies her, a lifetime of polite pleasing and putting others first ignites in her a surprising, pure rage. She spends the next three weeks burning her life down: sleeping with a student her daughter's age, speaking every truth she's ever swallowed, and refusing to apologize for her wildest, most essential self. Part comedy, part tragedy, Banshee dramatizes the emotions that lie behind our inhibitions—and the consequences of unleashing them.

RACHEL DEWOSKIN is the author of six books, and her essays and articles have appeared in The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, The Sunday Times Magazine of London, Teachers and Writers, and numerous anthologies. She spent her twenties in China as the unlikely star of a nighttime soap opera, which became the basis for her memoir. DeWoskin is on the core fiction faculty at the University of Chicago, and is an affiliated faculty member of the Centers for East Asian Studies and Jewish Studies.