8 2021

People of the Book Series: Susan Jane Gilman, Donna Has Left the Building

10:30PM - 11:30PM  


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Susan Jane Gilman: Donna Has Left the Building

Forty-five-year-old Donna Koczynski is a former “bad Jewish girl” – a failed punk rocker and recovering alcoholic. Now, she’s a wise-aleck wife and mother moldering in the Detroit suburbs. That is until she returns home one day to the surprise of a lifetime. As her world implodes, she sets off on an epic road trip to reclaim everything she believes she’s sacrificed since her wild youth: great friendship, passionate love and her art. Yet as she careens across America, nothing turns out as planned. Ultimately, she finds herself on a remote Greek island instead, embroiled in the Syrian refugee crisis. There she comes face-to-face with the legacy and responsibilities of her Jewish heritage. She becomes humbled – and part of a much greater team committed to tikkun olam. Donna Has Left the Building is an unforgettable tale about spiritual awakening and what it really means to love in today’s big, broken, beautiful world.

Susan Jane Gilman is the bestselling author of Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress, Kiss My Tiara, Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven and The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street. She has provided commentary for NPR and written for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Ms. magazine, among others.