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Banshee (Paperback)

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If you're looking for a feel-good book or a book with a wholly likable protagonist, this isn't the book for you; if, however, you're looking for a book to make you question how you treat others, how you treat yourself, and why we behave the ways we do, this is definitely the book for you. Samantha is a middle-aged professor of poetry who faces a cancer diagnosis with panic, play, recklessness, and reminiscing, analyzing and challenging herself and her life. Her behaviors lead to tumultuous times for her marriage, family, and professional life, but Sam is smart, sharp, earnest, and trying in ways that make you appreciate her in all her complicated humanity and practice patience with her less savory behavior. This book will make you think, particularly about gender and how it affects our behavior, and it will make your heart hurt with life-affirming melancholy.

— From Emma's Picks


Samantha Baxter 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. Maybe Sam will survive the surgery, and maybe not, but either way, she'll spend 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.

About the Author

Rachel DeWoskin is the author of Someday We Will Fly (Penguin, 2019); Blind (Penguin, 2014); Big Girl Small (FSG, 2011); Repeat After Me (The Overlook Press, 2009); and Foreign Babes in Beijing (WW Norton, 2005). She 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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781948340113
ISBN-10: 1948340119
Publisher: Dottir Press
Publication Date: June 4th, 2019
Pages: 296
Language: English