Beverly Donofrio, bestselling author of the cult classic Riding In Cars With Boys, shares excerpts from her new memoir in an April 3 reading sponsored by the graduate creative writing program at Wilkes University. Donofrio will read from Astonished: A Story of Evil, Blessings, Grace and Solace at 7 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore, 7 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. The event, which is free and open to the public, will include a question-and-answer period and book signing. Copies of Astonished will be sold at the event.
Donofrio is well known for her first memoir, which was made into a popular film directed by Penny Marshall and starring Drew Barrymore. Six years ago, the author, then in her mid-fifties, was enjoying life at her home in a Mexican town. There were salsa dancing lessons, yoga classes and friends to share a margarita in her beautiful backyard. The birth of her grandson brought new meaning to her life and she had decided to join a monastery where love and prayer would be her focus.
Her plans for a new spiritual journey halted when she woke one night to find a rapist in her bed. Astonished, released in March 2013 by Viking, follows her journey after the attack, revealing how an incident of profound violence—rape—can change one’s life, and radically transform the search for faith, healing, and identity. Publisher’s Weekly has called the book “An insightful, candidly unfolding, soul-bearing journey to grace.”
Beverly Donofrio’s first memoir, Riding in Cars with Boys, has been translated into sixteen languages. Her second memoir, Looking for Mary, began as a documentary on NPR and was chosen as a Discover Book at Barnes & Noble. She lived for four years as a lay Carmelite at Nada Hermitage in Colorado, where she began this book. She is a member of the faculty in the graduate creative writing program at Wilkes.
About Wilkes University Graduate Creative Writing Program
The Wilkes University graduate creative writing program is an accredited, nationally recognized program offering both a M.A. and a M.F.A. in creative writing with five areas of concentration: fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, screenwriting and playwriting. A low-residency program, students spend eight-day residencies in January and June on campus and complete the project semesters online. For more information, please visit http://wilkes.edu/pages/creativewriting or call 570-408-4527.