“No one expects their personal implosion to be ridiculous. Certainly, I never did.”
Named by Oprah Magazine as one of the BEST SUMMER READS of 2019.
“A midlife crisis for the ages…Gilman channels the best of Jennifer Weiner, especially Best Friends Forever, but the spiritual sibling of this novel is ironically the masterpiece of Weiner's nemesis: Jeffrey Eugenides's Middlesex. The symmetry of Donna's setting with that of Middlesex will link them for years to come. Literary fiction readers, chick lit fans, suburbanites, mothers, daughters, addicts (recovering and otherwise), immigrants, people with dreams achieved and abandoned—all kinds of readers will love this book. A must-have for public libraries of every size. — Library Journal (starred review)
Donna Koczynski is a wife, mother, former punk rocker, and a recovering alcoholic whose life detonates spectacularly one day after a fateful trip to Las Vegas. In a fog of rage and pharmaceuticals, Donna tears off on a blind pilgrimage across America to reclaim everything she believes she’s lost since her wild youth: Great friendship, passion, and her music. Yet as she careens from Detroit to New York to Tennessee in her Subaru, nothing turns out as planned. She spirals downwards through the rabbit hole of modern-day America until landing, suddenly, on the other side of the globe. There, on a remote Greek island embroiled in an epic crisis, she wakes up to a world and a reality far greater than her own.
DONNA HAS LEFT THE BUILDING blazes with Gilman’s celebrated lung-busting humor and emotional depth. From its flawed and fabulous narrator; to the combustible, surprising journey she finds herself on; to the irreverent and powerful insights Gilman offers about today’s big, broken, beautiful world, this novel about love defies all expectations.
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