Creative Writing


Dottir Press, 2019


Our last book in this year’s party is a novel by writer Rachel DeWoskin in Creative Writing. From the book blurb: “By turns heart-wrenching, uncomfortable, and hilarious, Banshee explores the internal monologue and actions of a woman who, upon being diagnosed with cancer, tumbles head-first into a midlife crisis and decides to be unapologetic about it. Banshee is a critical addition to the feminist canon, giving the reader a dramatized glimpse into what happens when women step outside of society’s rules and expectations as wives, mothers, and working professionals—and instead choose to behave the way men do on a day-to-day basis.” In 2020, DeWoskin also published a book of poetry, Two Menus (University of Chicago Press).


Read DeWoskin's interview on Banshee and the erasure of female rage in Chicago Magazine.


Rachel DeWoskin is the author of six books: BlindBig Girl SmallForeign Babes in BeijingRepeat After MeSomeday We Will Fly, and Banshee. Her essays and articles have appeared in The New YorkerVanity FairThe 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. 

“"Sexy and sad, dark and funny, ruthless and kind, this is Rachel DeWoskin's ferociously feminist masterpiece. Every page of it glitters with rage and with love...It radiates with truth."
Cheryl Strayed,
author of Wild