Beverly Donofrio - Astonished: A Story of Evil, Blessings, Grace, and Solace

Colfax Avenue: Acclaimed memoirist Beverly Donofrio had already lived two lives, first as a scrappy young mother on the streets of the East Village and later as the bestselling author of Riding in Cars with Boys. By the time she reached her fifties, she thought she had seen it all. Even though she was living in a vibrant, picturesque Mexican town, where she practiced yoga, drank margaritas in her backyard, and took salsa lessons, she felt lost and was searching for monasteries to visit. The religious practice that had nourished her for several years had faded. Then one night she woke to find a rapist holding a knife to her throat. So begins the memoir that charts Donofrio’s journey—a long and twisting road through denial, mourning, anger, vulnerability, and retreat. In her brutally honest, often ribald, emotionally unsparing voice, Donofrio will read from and sign her new book Astonished: A Story of Evil, Blessings, Grace, and Solace (Viking), the story of that one terrible, life-changing event in her life, and her long and twisting road to recovery. 

“An insightful, candidly unfolding, soul-bearing journey to grace.”
Publishers Weekly


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Event date: 
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
2526 East Colfax Avenue
80206 Denver
Astonished: A Story of Evil, Blessings, Grace, and Solace Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780670025756
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Viking Books - March 7th, 2013

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ISBN: 9780140156294
Availability: Available to Order - Usually Arrives in Our Store in 4 to 7 Days
Published: Penguin Books - January 1st, 1992

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ISBN: 9780140196276
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Compass Books (NJ) - August 1st, 2001