Individual Author Record
Name: Rachel DeWoskinPen Name: None Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction Audience: Young Adult; Born: 1972 in Kyoto, Japan
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Biographical and Professional InformationRachel DeWoskin graduated from Columbia University and moved to Beijing to work in Public Relations, but ended up starring in the hit Chinese soap opera ''Foreign Babes in Beijing''. After spending time there and returning to the US, she earned a masters in poetry from Boston University and published a memoir about her experiences on the Chinese soap, which had 600 million viewers. DeWoskin’s memoir is currently in production with HBO. Currently, DeWoskin is on the creative writing faculty at the University of Chicago and divides her time between Chicago and Beijing.
- Big Girl Small: A Novel, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011
- Blind, Penguin, 2014
- Foreign Babes in Beijing: Behind the Scenes of a New China , Norton, 2005
- Repeat After Me: A Novel, Overlook Press, 2009
Titles At Your Library
Foreign Babes in Beijing: Behind the Scenes of a New China
ISBN: 0393328597 W. W. Norton & Company. 2006
“For a real insider’s look at life in modern China, readers should turn to Rachel DeWoskin.”―Sophie Beach, The EconomistDetermined to broaden her cultural horizons and live a “fiery” life, twenty-one-year-old Rachel DeWoskin hops on a plane to Beijing to work for an American PR firm based in the busy capital. Before she knows it, she is not just exploring Chinese culture but also creating it as the sexy, aggressive, fearless Jiexi, the starring femme fatale in a wildly successful Chinese soap opera. Experiencing the cultural clashes in real life while performing a fictional version onscreen, DeWoskin forms a group of friends with whom she witnesses the vast changes sweeping through China as the country pursues the new maxim, “to get rich is glorious.” In only a few years, China’s capital is transformed. With “considerable cultural and linguistic resources” (The New Yorker), DeWoskin captures Beijing at this pivotal juncture in her “intelligent, funny memoir” (People), and “readers will feel lucky to have sharp-eyed, yet sisterly, DeWoskin sitting in the driver’s seat”(Elle).
Repeat After Me: A Novel
ISBN: 1590202228 The Overlook Press. 2009
A dazzlingly rich and funny novel by "a real China doll" (Entertainment Weekly)Rachel DeWoskin is a writer who has been lauded for her "razor-sharp descriptions" (The Wall Street Journal), her "considerable cultural and linguistic resources" (The New Yorker), and her rare ability to offer a "real insider's look at life in modern China" (The Economist). Now DeWoskin, author of the laughout-loud funny and poignant Foreign Babes in Beijing, returns with a new novel about modern China and one American girl's struggle to find herself there.
Aysha is a twenty-two-year-old New Yorker putting the pieces of her life back in place after her parents' divorce and her own nervous breakdown when a young Chinese student named Da Ge flips her world upside-down. In a love story that spans decades and continents, from the Tiananmen Square incident to 9/11, New York City's Upper West Side to the terraced mountains of South China, Repeat After Me gives readers an alternately funny and painful glimpse of life and loss in between languages.
Big Girl Small: A Novel
ISBN: 0374112576 Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 2011
Judy Lohden is your above-average sixteen-year-old—sarcastic and vulnerable, talented and uncertain, full of big dreams for a big future. With a singing voice that can shake an auditorium, she should be the star of Darcy Academy, the local performing arts high school. So why is a girl this promising hiding out in a seedy motel room on the edge of town?
ISBN: 0670785229 Viking Books for Young Readers. 2014 When Emma Sasha Silver loses her eyesight in a nightmare accident, she must relearn everything from walking across the street to recognizing her own sisters to imagining colors. One of seven children, Emma used to be the invisible kid, but now it seems everyone is watching her. And just as she’s about to start high school and try to recover her friendships and former life, one of her classmates is found dead in an apparent suicide. Fifteen and blind, Emma has to untangle what happened and why—in order to see for herself what makes life worth living.
Unflinching in its portrayal of Emma’s darkest days, yet full of hope and humor, Rachel DeWoskin’s brilliant Blind is one of those rare books that utterly absorbs the reader into the life and experience of another.
AwardsRepeat After Me
- Book of the Year, ''Forward'' Magazine, 1989
- Top Three Books, Newsday, 2011
- Alex Award, American Library Association, 2012
- Library Guild Selection
- Starred Review, Kirkus
- ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2016