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Individual Author Record

General Information


Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT C:YOUNG ADULT Fiction History Poetry

Born: 1972 in Kyoto, Japan


Illinois Connection

DeWoskin teaches fiction at the University of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Rachel 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 fiction faculty of the University of Chicago and is an affiliated faculty member in Jewish studies and East Asian Studies.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- """Repeat After Me"""

-- *Book of the Year, Forward Magazine, 1989


-- """Big Girl Small"""

-- *Top Three Books, Newsday, 2011

-- *Alex Award, American Library Association, 2012


-- """Blind"""

-- *Library Guild Selection

-- *Starred Review, Kirkus

-- *ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2016


-- """Someday We Will Fly"""

-- *Sydney Taylor Book Award for Young Adults, Association of Jewish Libraries, 2020

-- *Starred Review, Kirkus

-- *Starred Review, Booklist