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Rebecca Claire Gilman

Born: 1965 in Trussville, Alabama
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Rebecca is an Assdociate Professor at Northwestern's Graduate Program: Writing for the Screen and Stage.

Biography: Rebecca Gilman is one of the major young American playwrights working today. Her play Spinning Into Butter had its New York premiere at the prestigious Lincoln Center Theatre in Summer 2000 and Boy Gets Girl--chosen by Time magazine as the best play of 2000--was seen at the Manhattan Theatre Club in March 2001. Gilman was the first American playwright to win an Evening Standard Award. She serves on the advisory board for Chicago Dramatists, and received the 2008 Harper Lee Award.

  • -- Osborn Award, ''The Glory of Living''
  • -- Scott McPherson Award, Goodman Theatre, ''The Glory of Living''

Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction; Other

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Rebecca Claire Gilman on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

Boy gets girl :
ISBN: 0571199836 OCLC: 43167971

Faber and Faber, New York : 2000.

The story of Theresa Bedell, a New York reporter in her mid 30's who goes on an awkward blind date with Tony, the friend of a friend. She sees no reason to continue the relationship-but her date thinks otherwise. While Theresa is at first annoyed yet flattered by his continuing attention, her attitude gradually changes to one of fear and fury when he starts to violently menace her and those around her. Ultimately Theresa is forced to abandon her job and New York and even her name to escape from Tony.

Dollhouse :
ISBN: 0810126311 OCLC: 326552724

Northwestern University Press, Evanston, Ill. : 2010.

"Nora seems to have it all: a successful husband, three adorable children, and a beautiful home in the tiny Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago. But what looks like the perfect life is woefully incomplete, propped up by dark secrets and bitter betrayals. While her husband, Terry, single-mindedly climbs the career ladder, Nora's compulsive shopping and scheming pushes her ever further from freedom and self-fulfillment. As the lies on which their life is built gradually emerge, Nora comes to realize the true cost of what she thinks she has always wanted."--Back cover.

Spinning into butter :
ISBN: 1583420711 OCLC: 49001201

Dramatic Pub., Woodstock, Ill. : ©2001.

Set on a small college campus in Vermont, Spinning into butter explores the dangers of both racism and political correctness in America today. When one of the few African American students at liberal Belmont College begins receiving hate mail, the campus erupts, first with shock, then with mutual recrimination as faculty and students alike try to prove their own tolerance by condemning one another. At the center of this maelstrom is Sarah Daniels, the dean of students. As the administration sponsors public race forums and the students start activist groups, Sarah is forced to explore her own feelings of racism. Her self-examination leads to some surprising discoveries and painful insights, the consequences of which even she can't predict.

Spinning into butter :
ISBN: 0571199844 OCLC: 43060619

Faber and Faber, New York : 2000.

Sarah Daniels, the liberal and well-intentioned Dean of Students at a small, mostly white college in Vermont, is forced to confront her own struggles with racism after a black student begins to receive ugly racist notes.

The glory of living :
ISBN: 158342136X OCLC: 51689071

Dramatic Pub., Woodstock, Ill. : ©2002.

The glory of living :
ISBN: 0571199984 OCLC: 47238230

Faber and Faber, New York : 2001.

This work focuses on fifteen-year-old Lisa, the daughter of a prostitute, and Clint, the car thief she runs away with to escape the misery of life with her mother. But the happier times that sullenly childlike Lisa yearns for never materialize, as Clint orders her to procure young runaways for him. No one notices that these teenage girls are missing until an anonymous call to the police reports their murders. Could the caller--and the killer--be Lisa?