bestselling memoirist bravely tells the story of the night evil paid her a
visit—and how prayer chased evil away.
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.
Now, 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. She
missed God. 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 at five very
Told through Donofrio’s brutally honest, often ribald,
emotionally unsparing voice, Astonished is a
tender and hopeful narrative of healing and learning to love life again. Download and start listening now!