Donna Has Left The Building by Susan Jane GilmanDonna Has Left The Building by Susan Jane Gilman

Donna Has Left The Building

bySusan Jane Gilman

Hardcover | June 4, 2019

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From the beloved, New York Times-bestselling author of Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress comes a hilarious, timely, and big-hearted new novel about rebuilding life in the face of disaster.

Forty-five-year-old Donna Koczynski is an ex-punk rocker, a recovering alcoholic, and the mother of two teenagers whose suburban existence detonates when she comes home early from a sales conference in Las Vegas 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. But as she careens across the U.S. from Detroit to New York to Memphis to Nashville, nothing turns out as she imagines. Ultimately, she finds herself resurrected on the other side of the globe, on a remote island embroiled in a crisis far bigger than her own.

Irresistibly funny, whip-smart, and surprisingly moving, DONNA HAS LEFT THE BUILDING spins an unforgettable tale about what it means to be brave -- and to truly love -- in a tumultuous 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 novel, 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. Visit her at SusanJaneGilma...
Title:Donna Has Left The BuildingFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:416 pages, 9.35 × 6.55 × 1.55 inShipping dimensions:9.35 × 6.55 × 1.55 inPublished:June 4, 2019Publisher:Grand Central PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1538762412

ISBN - 13:9781538762417


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hilarious and heartfelt Like Uncle Albert and Bert from the OG Mary Poppins, I love to laugh. And oh my, has it been a long time since a book has tickled my funny bone so relentlessly. In DONNA HAS LEFT THE BUILDING, what may appear to be a typical “wife comes home early to find husband in compromising situation” story is anything but. I cannot stress this enough: In no shape, way, or form have you read anything like this treasure trove of hilarity. Granted, Donna didn't find it terribly amusing, but that’s the awesomeness of fiction, right? As I laughed my face off while reading on the couch, in bed, and three public waiting rooms, Donna’s journey began to delve into emotional territory. During Donna’s impromptu cross-country road trip, she had to confront the past she remembered with rose-tinted glasses and non-spoiler alert: things didn’t go according to her haphazard plans. Like, at all. Not even a tiny bit. And just when I wasn’t sure if Donna would be able to get out of her own way, the plot took a major turn when she wound up on a remote island where the vibe was anything but jovial. I’ve gotta say it felt a little jarring, on the verge of being two separate books smushed together. Yes, there were hints earlier on regarding what Donna would be sucked into, but the sudden change of tone could’ve been smoother. Not that it was bad, but Donna’s voice started off like jazz hands and then became subdued as the final quarter came to pass. Reflective, perhaps, and there’s nothing like an actual crisis to have one reflect on their previous behaviour. If you love books that flip expected tropes and crank them up to eleven, while snickering as wildly unpredictable characters take you for a ride, DONNA HAS LEFT THE BUILDING is the book for you! Big thanks to HBG Canada for an advanced copy.
Date published: 2019-06-05

Editorial Reviews

"This big hearted novel is intimate and riveting and keeps the reader engrossed from beginning to end! It takes those classic stories usually told about men-the midlife crisis, the epic quest and turns them inside-out with a smart, edgy, woman at the helm who discovers a greater sense of purpose in the world. A love story in the greatest sense. Brilliant, scathing, powerful, insanely funny. Read it!"-April Sinclair, author of Coffee Will Make You Black