Novelist'south life a 'whirlwind' since essay about gang rape

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 7:20 AM

H. Auden, "Art is born of humiliation.""This book was born of my humiliation," she told the audience. "This book is my pain, and this book is my power, after years of powerlessness.""Luckiest Girl Lively" was published latest year and caught the attention not just of the common public but of Reese Witherspoon, who's producing a planned film adaptation, with Knoll writing the screenplay.

Novelist'south life a 'whirlwind' since essay about gang rape

A novelist who latest week posted an open letter saying the gang rape her character endured in the best-selling "Luckiest Girl Lively" was based on her own experience in high school said Wednesday that the past few days have been a "whirlwind."

The 32-year-old Knoll, beginning a tour to promote the book'south paperback release, told a gathering of about fifty friends and fans at a Barnes & Noble bookshop that the response to her essay had been intense and overwhelmingly positive.

"This has been, to keep it mildly, a whirlwind week," she said, adding that she'd been thinking about a quote by W. H. Auden, "Art is born of humiliation."

"This book was born of my humiliation," she told the audience. "This book is my pain, and this book is my power, after years of powerlessness."

"Luckiest Girl Lively" was published latest year and caught the attention not just of the common public but of Reese Witherspoon, who's producing a planned film adaptation, with Knoll writing the screenplay.

Parallels between Knoll'south life and the heroine of her novel, Ani FaNelli (or TifAni FaNelli), were clear from the start. Both grew up in the suburbs, attended private school in Philadelphia and worked in magazines (Knoll is a former editor at Cosmopolitan). But Knoll had long kept a crucial connection secret, acknowledging that she'd dodged questions about Ani'south rape, questions raised in portion by the book'south dedication: "To all the TifAni FaNellis of the world, I know."

"I've been running and I've been ducking and I've been dodging because I'm scared," Knoll wrote March twenty-nine in an essay titled "What I Know," which appeared on LennyLetter. com, a website co-managed by Lena Dunham.

Knoll was greeted warmly Wednesday and read a brief passage from the novel about Ani'south determination to leave high school behind. To the author'south astonishment and relief, she received few questions about her essay. Audience members asked instead about her favorite authors (Gillian Flynn, Donna Tartt, Flannery O'Connor), her writing process and her work on the screenplay.

"I do wish to speak about the essay, but I don't wish it to drown out the book," she said after the reading. "I think it was a excellent balance tonight."

One attendee, Elizabeth Blanchard, said that she'd bought "Luckiest Girl Lively" when it first came out and that Knoll'south essay intensified her feelings about it.

"It makes it more personal," the 24-year-old Blanchard said. "To memorise about what she went through takes the book to a different level."

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