The Question Authority


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$15.95  $14.83
Red Hen Press
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5.0 X 0.6 X 8.0 inches | 0.5 pounds
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About the Author

Rachel Cline, author of the novels What to Keep and My Liar, has written for the New York Times, New York, More, SELF, and Tin House magazines, and is a produced screen and television writer. For five years, she was a screenwriting instructor at the University of Southern California and has taught fiction writing at New York University, Eugene Lang College, and Sarah Lawrence College. She has been a resident at Yaddo, a fellow at Sewanee, and a Girls Write Now mentor. She lives in Brooklyn Heights, a few blocks from where she grew up.


The Question Authority was featured in a list of upcoming thriller novels dealing with the topic of the #MeToo movement from Publishers Weekly

Recommended as an "absorbing, nuanced page-turner" perfect for summer reading.
--Kenyon Review

"The Scourge of Himpathy" Los Angeles Review of Books Article

Rachel Cline creates a playlist for her novel The Question Authority through Largehearted Boy's Book Notes Series.

Book recommendations by Rachel Cline on Literary Hub

Rachel Cline's article on the Woolfer

Review by Jordana Landsman of Read Like A Mother

LA Review of Books Interview with Lucinda Rosenfield and Rachel Cline

Brooklyn Heights Author Rachel Cline Reads From New Novel

Nora is a beautifully crafted character. Late in the book, she comments on her own "prickliness," and the word is perfect. Nora is sharp and hard to get close to, and now, in her 50s, she's trying to understand how much of that is a reaction to Mr. Rasmussen--his behavior toward Nora but also what she knows about him and Beth and a handful of other girls.
--Kirkus Reviews

A new novel will reignite your #MeToo outrage.
--The Washington Post

Rachel Cline's The Question Authority does just that, with heart-stinging clarity. So in touch with the present moment that it might have been written last week, so skillful that it couldn't have been, this prescient novel deserves your attention.
--Martha Southgate, author of Third Girl from the Left

A gripping, provocative story about bright young girls in thrall to a charismatic teacher, and his haunting impact on their adult lives. Set in two Brooklyns, that of the 1970s and of 2009, the novel adds depth and nuance to our ongoing conversation about #MeToo revelations. Cline's characters are drawn with delightful wit and a keen eye, as well as a striking and profound tenderness for youthful innocence and longing. I devoured this novel, and it has stayed with me long after I turned the last page.
--Kate Manning, author of My Notorious Life

Recommended as an "absorbing, nuanced page-turner" perfect for summer reading.
--Kenyon Review

Throughout The Question Authority, Cline compels us to face the most pressing questions that MeToo raised: how is inequality truly seen, what does justice look like, what good does questioning authority do when the authority is so skilled at dodging questions?
--Matt Caprioli of