Carole DeSanti, "The Unruly Passions of Eugenie R."

We are looking forward to having Gina Barreca faciliate the discussion with author Carole DeSanti on September 12. Carole was Gina's editor for They Used to Call Me Snow White but I Drifted, and has worked with many notable authors such as Dorothy Allison, Melissa Bank, Deborah Harkness, and Terry McMillan. 

Carole DeSanti, who taught me everything I know about writing, has herself written a gorgeous sweep-you-off-your-feet-while-making-you-think book, a novel every reader fascinated by history, enthralled by Paris, and seduced by the underworld of the Victorian era needs to read. I'm thrilled to be introducing her and fielding questions at the R.J. Julia event in September, including asking Carole about the role a psychic played in getting this story onto the page." ~ Gina Barreca

Eugénie R., born in France’s foie gras country, follows the man she loves to Paris, but soon finds herself marooned, pregnant, and penniless. She gives birth to a daughter she is forced to abandon and spends the next ten years fighting to get her back. An outcast, Eugénie takes to the streets,  navigating her way up from ruin and charting the treacherous waters of sexual commerce. Along the way she falls in love with an artist, a woman, and a revolutionary. The capital, the gleaming center of art and civilization in Europe, is enjoying its final years of wanton prosperity before galloping headlong into the Franco-Prussian War. For Eugénie it is a conflicted landscape — grisly, evocative, addictive. As the gates of the city close against the advancing army, Eugénie must make a decision between past and present — between the people she loves most.

The Unruly Passions of Eugénie R. is a testament to the power of love,
friendship, and the art of self-creation.

Carole DeSanti, known for her championing of independent, high-quality voices in women’s fiction as an editor at Penguin, has been clandestinely writing The Unruly Passions of Eugénie R. for over a decade. She has been profiled in Poets & Writers’ Magazine, published in the Women’s Review of Books, and awarded fellowships at the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center and Hedgebrook.

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Event date: 
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
768 Boston Post Rd.
06443 Madison
ISBN: 9780547553092
Availability: Special Order
Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - March 27th, 2012