Banshee Lib/E

Rachel DeWoskin (Author) Hillary Huber (Read by)


In Banshee, Samantha Baxter―wife, mother, poetry professor―learns she has breast cancer and then ruins her own life.

Tumbling through a catastrophic midlife crisis, she gives herself permission to partake in behaviors she's observed in her male colleagues, including having an affair with a student her daughter's age, ranting at board meetings, and telling her poetry students what she really thinks of their work.

Underneath biting, witty narration lurks a childish, confused, and unrealized adult woman hell-bent on destroying her relationships and professional life, all within the span of a few weeks.

Part comedy, part tragedy, Banshee dramatizes the emotions that lie behind our inhibitions―and the consequences of unleashing them.

Product Details

$69.00  $63.48
Blackstone Publishing
Publish Date
June 11, 2019
Compact Disc
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About the Author

Rachel DeWoskin is the author of five critically acclaimed novels: Banshee; Someday We Will Fly; Blind; Big Girl Small; and Repeat After Me; and the memoir Foreign Babes in Beijing, about the years she spent in Beijing as the unlikely star of a Chinese soap opera. DeWoskin has Hollywood development deals for Foreign Babes in Beijing and Banshee, and her essays, poems, reviews, and translations have appeared in The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, The Sunday Times Magazine of London, Conde Nast Traveler, The Asian Wall Street Journal, The Far Eastern Economic Review, Agni, Ploughshares, The New Delta Review, The New Orleans Review, Seneca Review, and numerous journals and anthologies. She is an Associate Professor of Practice in the Arts at the University of Chicago and an affiliated faculty member in Jewish and East Asian Studies.
Hillary Huber is a multiple Audie Award finalist, an Earphones Award winner, and an AudioFile Best Voice. She has recorded over three hundred titles spanning many genres and holds a bachelor's degree in English literature. A voracious reader and listener, she was raised in Connecticut and Hawaii but now splits her time between California and New York.


"Banshee is the kind of book every woman I know wishes she'd written. Fierce, necessary, honest, a burn-it-all-down scorched earth policy to the toxic masculinity of this Age of Terror."

-- "Emily Rapp-Black, New York Times bestselling author"

"A ravishing book. Sexy and sad, dark and funny, ruthless and kind, this is Rachel DeWoskin's ferociously feminist masterpiece."

-- "Cheryl Strayed, New York Times bestselling author"

"A wicked, delicious ride toward an ambivalent redemption--angry, hilarious, all too true."

-- "Ally Sheedy, actress and author of She Was Nice to Mice"

"Raucous, white-hot, and page-turning brilliance...A singular and vital reading experience."

-- "Gina Frangello, author of A Life in Men"