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Memoir. Confession. Humor.

Lived-experience. Intimate Revelations. Professional Discoveries.

Survival. Pleasure. Triumph.


Fast Fallen Women introduces 75 new essays about the dangerous and enthralling ways women fall—and how we get back on our feet, more deft, more decisive, and daring than ever. Holding a compact mirror up to life with the same curiosity that enveloped Eve when she once held the apple, editor Gina Barreca’s latest inclusive collection of short, sharp, feminist pieces illuminate women’s courage, curiosity, and wit.


With new and original works by:

  • Amy Tan
  • Jane Smiley
  • Caroline Leavitt
  • Bobbie Ann Mason
  • Honor Moore
  • Darien Hsu Gee
  • Ilene Beckerman
  • and Lynn Peril


—alongside other ground-breaking journalists, novelists, and writers, you’ll find emerging authors whose creative non-fiction is appearing on the page for the first time—you will find within these pages a celebration the fallen woman the long overdue.


Fast Fallen Women gives whispered conversation a full voice.


About the Author

Hailed as “smart and funny” by People, Gina Barreca was also deemed a “feminist humor maven” by Ms., and her pieces for Psychology Today have received over 8.5 million views. Gina, who is the Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor at UCONN as well as winner of its highest award for excellence in teaching, has written ten books including Babes in Boyland: A Personal History of Coeducation in the Ivy League and the bestselling They Used to Call Me Snow White But I Drifted. You can find her in the Library of Congress or in the makeup aisle at Walgreens.


Fast Fallen Women

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