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Sandi Sonnenfeld '85 to Read September 10

Sandi H. Sonnenfeld '85 will discuss and read from This is How I Speak: The Diary of a Young Woman (Impassio Press, 2002) Tuesday, September 10, at 7 pm at The Odyssey Bookshop. MHC's Alumnae Association is cosponsoring the event.

In the memoir, which is written in diary form and is her debut book, Sonnenfeld recounts her first year in the master of fine arts program in fiction writing at the University of Washington and creates an intimate portrait of an ambitious young East Coast dancer turned writer. Three months after beginning the writing program, Sonnenfeld was blindfolded and sexually assaulted while visiting a friend in California. The attack sent her into a tailspin, causing her to question everything she thought she knew about relationships, sexual violence, feminism, even writing itself.

Sandi H. Sonnenfeld '85

National Book Award–winning author Charles Johnson says of the book, "I read This Is How I Speak in a single sitting, captivated by Sandi Sonnenfeld's beautiful and brutally honest odyssey through love, a woman's wounds, literary evolution and yes, even a portrait of the creative writing faculty at the University of Washington in the 1980s. This former prof gives her an A-plus."

After graduating from Mount Holyoke, Sonnenfeld earned an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Washington, where she was awarded the Loren D. Milliman Writing Scholarship. Her fiction, essays, and journalism pieces have appeared in more than thirty publications in the United States and abroad.

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