Rachel DeWoskin

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General Information

Name: Rachel DeWoskin

Pen Name: None

Genres: Fiction, Non-Fiction

Born: 1972 in Kyoto, Japan

Website: racheldewoskin.com/index.html

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/www.racheldewoskinbks

Twitter: https://twitter.com/racheldewoskin

Email: rdewoskin@gmail.com

Illinois Connection

DeWoskin teaches fiction at the University of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Rachel DeWoskin graduated from Columbia University and moved to Beijing to work in Public Relations, but ended up starring in the hit Chinese soap opera Foreign Babes in Beijing. After spending time there and returning to the US, she earned a masters in poetry from Boston University and published a memoir about her experiences on the Chinese soap, which had 600 million viewers. DeWoskin’s memoir is currently in production with HBO.

Currently, DeWoskin is on the creative writing faculty at the University of Chicago and divides her time between Chicago and Beijing.

Published Works

  • Foreign Babes in Beijing: Behind the Scenes of a New China , Norton, 2005
  • Repeat After Me: A Novel, Overlook Press, 2009
  • Big Girl Small: A Novel, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011
  • Blind, Penguin, 2014

Titles at Your Library

Repeat After Me: A Novel

ISBN: 1590202228
Release Date: 2009-05-14

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Big Girl Small: A Novel

ISBN: 0374112576
Release Date: 2011-05-10

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ISBN: 0670785229
Release Date: 2014-08-07

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Literary Awards

Repeat After Me

  • Book of the Year, Forward Magazine, 1989

Big Girl Small

  • Top Three Books, Newsday, 2011
  • Alex Award, American Library Association, 2012


  • Library Guild Selection
  • Starred Review, Kirkus
  • ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2016

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

Please contact her at:

Rachel DeWoskin

c/o Grinberg Literary Management

244 5th Avenue 11th Floor

New York, NY 10001

External Links

Rachel DeWoskin on WorldCat


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