Donna Has Left the Building - new novel from Susan Jane Gilman

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Susan Jane Gilman
Photo by Guillaume Megevand
We’ve all heard the stories about men in the throes of a midlife crisis who go off on wild benders and epic quests. But what if that story featured a woman instead? What if that woman ran off and behaved very, very badly, but woke up to a much bigger world along the way as well?

This is what Susan Jane Gilman explores in her upcoming novel, Donna Has Left The Building (Grand Central Publishing).

Forty-five-year-old Donna Koczynski is an ex-punk rocker, a recovering alcoholic, and the mother of two teenagers whose suburban existence detonates when she comes home early from a sales conference in Las Vegas to the surprise of a lifetime.

Donna Has Left The Building is a novel unique to our times, that tackles themes such as technology, opioid addiction, and the ongoing refugee crisis.

Though Donna’s journey is extraordinary, Susan Jane Gilman’s inimitable writing brings a flawed “everywoman” to life and illuminates ways for all of us to have compassion, to truly love, and to be brave in anxious times.

Susan Jane Gilman is the bestselling author of Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress, Kiss My Tiara, Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven, and the novel, The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street

She has provided commentary for NPR and written for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Ms. Magazine, among others.

You can hear from her in person on Monday, June 10, 2019, 7pm at Third Place Books Lake Forest Park, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park 98155

Pre-order the book in the store or by calling 206-366-3333.


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