DOMENICA RUTA - With or Without You


Wednesday, March 6 at 7PM

speaking & signing her new memoir
With or Without You

She will appear in conversation with Brian McGreevey

A haunting, unforgettable mother-daughter story for a new generation.

Domenica Ruta grew up in a working-class, unforgiving town north of Boston, in a trash-filled house on a dead-end road surrounded by a river and a salt marsh. Her mother, Kathi, a notorious local figure, was a drug addict and sometimes dealer whose life swung between welfare and riches, and whose highbrow taste was at odds with her hardscrabble life.

With or Without You is the story of Domenica Ruta’s unconventional coming of age—a darkly hilarious chronicle of a misfit ’90s youth and the necessary and painful act of breaking away, and of overcoming her own addictions and demons in the process. In a brilliant stylistic feat, Ruta has written a powerful, inspiring, compulsively readable, and finally redemptive story about loving and leaving.

DOMENICA RUTA was born and raised in Danvers, Massachusetts. She is a graduate of Oberlin College and holds an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin. She was a finalist for the Keene Prize for Literature and has been awarded residencies at Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, the Blue Mountain Center, Jentel, and Hedgebrook.

BRIAN McGREEVEY is the author of Hemlock Grove, as well as executive producer of the forthcoming Netflix original series of the same name.  He is co-founder of the production company Shinebox SMC, which currently has film and television projects in development with Warner Bros, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Lionsgate.  He holds an MFA from the James Michener Center for Writers in Austin.

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Event date: 
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
603 N Lamar Blvd
78703-5413 Austin
With or Without You Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812993240
Availability: Special Order
Published: Spiegel & Grau - February 26th, 2013

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