Rachel DeWoskin's fourth book, the critically acclaimed novel Blind, was published by Penguin in August, 2014. Her most recent novel before that, Big Girl Small, received the 2012 American Library Association's Alex Award and was named one of the top 3 books of 2011 by Newsday.

DeWoskin's memoir Foreign Babes in Beijing (2005), about the years she spent in China as the unlikely star of a Chinese soap opera, has been published in six countries. The memoir was optioned first by Paramount for a feature film and then by HBO to be developed into a television series, for which DeWoskin co-wrote the pilot episode. Her debut novel Repeat After Me (2009), about a Chinese dissident navigating New York City in 1989, won a ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award.

DeWoskin has written essays and articles for Vanity Fair, The Sunday Times Magazine of London, Teachers and Writers, and anthologies such as Found: Requiem for a Paper Bag and Wanderlust. Her poems have appeared in journals including Ploughshares, Seneca Review, New Delta Review, Nerve Magazine, and The New Orleans Review. She teaches fiction at the University of Chicago.


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