Erika L. Sánchez, author of CRYING IN THE BATHROOM - a Boswell event

Erika L. Sánchez, author of CRYING IN THE BATHROOM - a Boswell event

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Erika L. Sánchez, author of CRYING IN THE BATHROOM - an in-person Boswell event

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Boswell presents an evening with Erika L. Sánchez for her latest, Crying in the Bathroom. Part of the Rose Petranech Lecture series.

Growing up as the daughter of Mexican immigrants in Chicago in the nineties, Erika Sánchez was a self-described pariah, misfit, and disappointment - a foul-mouthed, melancholic rabble-rouser who painted her nails black but also loved comedy, often laughing so hard with her friends that she had to leave her school classroom. Twenty-five years later, she's now an award-winning novelist, poet, and essayist, but she's still got an irrepressible laugh, an acerbic wit, and singular powers of perception about the world around her.

In these essays, Sánchez writes about everything from sex to white feminism to debilitating depression, revealing an interior life rich with ideas, self-awareness, and perception. Raunchy, insightful, unapologetic, and brutally honest, Crying in the Bathroom is Sánchez at her best - a book that will make you feel that post-confessional high that comes from talking for hours with your best friend.

From Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street: "A famous Latino comic told me - quoting either Chaplin or Cantinflas or both - that if you tell a story that makes people laugh, that's great, but if you make them laugh and cry, that's genius. Erika Sánchez tells her tale with a 'deluge of unidentifiable feelings that came out through my eyes.' It's only after you've laughed that you understand the heartbreak beneath the laughter. I relished especially the stories she shares about being a wanderer savoring her solitude, a rare gift for a woman, but absolutely essential for any writer."

Erika L. Sánchez is a Mexican-American poet, novelist, and essayist. Her debut poetry collection, Lessons on Expulsion, was a finalist for the PEN America Open Book Award. Her debut young adult novel, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter was a New York Times bestseller and a National Book Awards finalist. Sanchez was a 2017-2019 Princeton Arts Fellow, a 2018 recipient of the 21st Century Award from the Chicago Public Library Foundation, and a 2019 recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.

Click here to purchase your copy of Crying in the Bathroom. Signed copies and personalization available on pre-orders. Please note that signed copies will not be shipped until after the event.

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