When Emma Sasha Silver loses her eyesight in a nightmare accident, she must relearn everything from walking across the street to recognizing her own sisters to imagining colors. One of seven children, Emma used to be the invisible kid, but now it seems everyone is watching her. And just as she’s about to start high school and try to recover her friendships and former life, one of her classmates is found dead in an apparent suicide. Fifteen and blind, Emma has to untangle what happened and why—in order to see for herself what makes life worth living.
Junior Library Guild Selection, 2015
“Blind. . . allow[s] readers to inhabit another person’s soul so fully that they will be unable to separate the heroine’s pain from their own and become a little less blind to human suffering. . . for sheer emotional profundity and the elusive feeling of living another person’s experience through fiction, DeWoskin is hard to beat.” —SF Weekly
Rachel DeWoskin weaves a beautifully observed story of a teen who loses her sight with a penetrating look at the complexities of growing up. DeWoskin captures the human hope essential to growing up and, indeed, to living at all. —Newsday
“With traces of John Green’s Looking for Alaska. . . a vivid, sensory tour of the shifting landscapes of blindness and teen relationships” —Kirkus, starred review
“A gracefully written, memorable, and enlightening novel.” —Booklist
Judy Lohden is your above-average sixteen-year-old—sarcastic and vulnerable, talented and uncertain, full of big dreams for a big future. With a singing voice that can shake an auditorium, she should be the star of Darcy Academy, the local performing arts high school. So why is a girl this promising hiding out in a seedy motel room on the edge of town? The fact that the national media is on her trail after a controversy that might bring down the whole school could have something to do with it. And that scandal has something—but not everything—to do with the fact that Judy is three feet nine inches tall.
Winner of the American Library Association’s Alex Award, and a Newsday best book of 2011
“DeWoskin creates a compelling voice for Judy and performs neat literary magic, confronting the stereotypes of teen fiction even as she uses them to pull the readers’ heartstrings.” —Kirkus Reviews
“As if adolescence isn’t freaky enough, the charmingly sassy teen dwarf in Rachel DeWoskin’s Big Girl Small becomes the victim of a cruel and compromising prank.” —Vanity Fair
“This wonderfully engaging novel captures the way adolescence renders one’s own identity somehow unknowable, perhaps because ‘we contain various versions of ourselves,’ and high school is the time of maximum pressure to choose just one.” —Kate Tuttle, Boston Globe
“Amusing, hypnotic . . . Like a contemporary version of The Wizard of Oz or its coming-of-age antecedent, Alice in Wonderland, Judy’s experiences of adolescence are exhilarating, terrifying, and almost uniformly surreal. —Time Out (New York)
Aysha is a twenty-two-year-old New Yorker putting the pieces of her life back in place after her parents' divorce and her own nervous breakdown when a young Chinese student named Da Ge flips her world upside-down. In a love story that spans decades and continents, from the Tiananmen Square incident to 9/11, New York City's Upper West Side to the terraced mountains of South China, Repeat After Me gives readers an alternately funny and painful glimpse of life and loss in between languages.
Winner of a Foreward Magazine Book of the Year Award.
“Cultures don’t so much collide as coalesce in DeWoskin’s sparkling debut novel . . . Infusing her multicultural narrative with vibrant observations that glitter with laser-intense acuity, DeWoskin demonstrates a smart, sophisticated literary agility.” —Booklist, starred review
“A tender story of manic love and loss, this is a heartbreaking and uplifting novel with memorably off-kilter leads.” —Publishers Weekly
Determined to broaden her cultural horizons and live a “fiery” life, twenty-one-year-old Rachel DeWoskin hops on a plane to Beijing. Before she knows it, she is not just exploring Chinese culture but also creating it as the sexy, aggressive, fearless Jiexi, the starring femme fatale in a wildly successful Chinese soap opera..”
"In this deft, daffy comedy of errors, Ms. DeWoskin recounts her improbably adventures as a soap opera queen and her fumbling journey through the new China." —The New York Times
"DeWoskin's cleverly layered account charts parallel culture clashes, one that she experiences as a Western woman in modern China, the other a TV-ready version of the first, tailored to Chinese expectations. —The New Yorker
"An intelligent and complex portrait of what it is like to be a young American woman on the mainland. . .DeWoskin deserves special praise." —Wall Street Journal
For a real insider's look at life in modern China, readers should turn to the work of Rachel DeWoskin."
"Smart and funny, this memoir is a fortune cookie of a book: Crack it open, there's wisdom inside."
"An appealing and intelligent memoir, told from a refreshing perspective: a woman's. DeWoskin focuses on her own story, which she presents delightfully and intelligently. She offers a fresh and clear-eyed portrait of a young woman's strange and wonderful adventures in modern China."
—International Herald Tribune