Donna Freitas
THE NINE LIVES OF ROSE NAPOLITANO (Pamela Dorman Books, 2021)

A deeply moving novel about a woman who thought she never wanted to be a mother--and the many ways that life can surprise us

In every woman there are many stories . . .

Rose Napolitano is fighting with her husband, Luke, about prenatal vitamins. She promised she'd take them, but didn't. He promised before they got married that he'd never want children, but now he's changed his mind. Their marriage has come to rest on this one question: Can Rose find it in herself to become a mother? Rose is a successful professor and academic. She's never wanted to have a child. The fight ends, and with it their marriage.

But then, Rose has a fight with Luke about the vitamins--again. This time the fight goes slightly differently, and so does Rose's future as she grapples with whether she can indeed give up the one thing she thought she knew about herself. Can she reimagine her life in a completely new way? That reimagining plays out again and again in each of Rose's nine lives, just as it does for each of us as we grow into adulthood. What are the consequences of our biggest choices? How would life change if we let go of our preconceived ideas of ourselves and became someone completely new? Rose Napolitano's experience of choosing and then choosing again shows us in an utterly compelling way what it means, literally, to reinvent a life and, sometimes, become a different kind of woman than we ever imagined.

A stunning novel about love, loss, betrayal, divorce, death, a woman's career and her identity, The Nine Lives of Rose Napolitano is about finding one's way into a future that wasn't the future one planned, and the ways that fate intercedes when we least expect it.


CONSENT: A Memoir of Unwanted Attention (Little, Brown, 2019)
"Freitas recounts with great thoughtfulness how her perception of the power differential between [herself and her stalker], as well as her faith in the religious and educational institutions she'd grown up with, lulled her into susceptibility and disbelief."―New York Times Book Review
   

"Donna Freitas combs through the emotional knots that form when a mentor's attention becomes inappropriate and manipulative. With sharp attention, she separates the many strands of consent one by one. A riveting, significant examination of the forces that push a student into silence about unwanted attention."―Idra Novey, award-winning author of Those Who Knew and Ways to Disappear

"A meticulously recounted memoir of building dread, that pushes our understanding of power and its abuses. Freitas's story complicates and illuminates our ideas about harassment and harm, showing how it doesn't just begin and end within the confines of physical contact: it infiltrates our own heads, is enabled by the very structures that are supposed to be our recourse from it but too often work to cover it up."―Rebecca Traister, New York Times bestselling author of Good and Mad

"In Consent, Donna Freitas writes an experience many women know all too well: Being stalked. What makes this book is uniquely powerful is Freitas's particular expertise in this area: She is a scholar and speaker on issues of consent, religion, Title IX, and sex on college campuses."―Bustle

"A groundbreaking resource for educators, administrators, students, and survivors, the book explores an issue many would prefer to ignore.A potent memoir of stalking with special resonance in the era of #MeToo.―Kirkus, starred review

"Any reader interested in current discussions on consent and its importance should pick up this heartfelt and harrowing book."―Library Journal, starred review

"Freitas is incredibly honest and doesn't shy away from her feelings that she is in some way at fault. She rounds out her memories with details of her family and friends as well as more studious synthesis, and calls for campus reform, adding heft to an already important story."―Booklist

"Freitas has mastered the telling of her story--despite repeated attempts by others to keep her from doing so--and has mastered it in such a way that its telling sheds light on a larger societal issue. . . . A difficult but important read about one woman's survival of stalking by her professor, and the role of consent in any relationship."―Shelf Awareness

"Freitas' delicate study of her torment and its devastating effects, which raises thorny, meaningful questions about how to define consent, is an important testament for the #MeToo era."―Publisher's Weekly

"Consent is an affecting memoir."―The Wall Street Journal


CONSENT ON CAMPUS: A MANIFESTO (Oxford University Press, 2018)
THE HEALER (HarperTeen, 2019)
THE MIND VIRUS (HarperTeen, 2017)
THE BODY MARKET (HarperTeen, 2017)
THE HAPPINESS EFFECT: How Social Media is Driving a Generation to Appear Perfect at Any Cost (Oxford University Press, 2017)
UNPLUGGED (HarperTeen, 2016)
THE TENDERNESS OF THIEVES (Philomel/Penguin, 2015)
THE END OF SEX: How Hookup Culture is Leaving a Generation Unhappy, Sexually Unfulfilled, and Confused About Intimacy (Basic Books, 2013)
GOLD MEDAL WINNER (Arthur A. Levine Books, 2014)
GOLD MEDAL SUMMER (Arthur A. Levine Books, 2012)
THE SURVIVAL KIT (Frances Foster Books, 2010)
THIS GORGEOUS GAME (Frances Foster Books, 2010)
THE POSSIBILITIES OF SAINTHOOD (Frances Foster Books, 2008)
SEX & THE SOUL: Juggling Sexuality, Spirituality, Romance, and Religion on America’s College Campuses (Oxford University Press, 2008)
KILLING THE IMPOSTER GOD (Jossey-Bass, 2007)

Donna Freitas is an author of books for both teens and adults. Her nonfiction books for adults include, most recently, The End of Sex: How Hookup Culture is Leaving a Generation Unhappy, Sexually Unfulfilled, and Confused About Intimacy. Her young adult books include Unplugged, The Tenderness of Thieves, The Possibilities of Sainthood, The Survival Kit and This Gorgeous Game. She is also the author of two middle grade novels, Gold Medal Summer and Gold Medal Winter.

Freitas has written for national newspapers and magazines about religion, sex, hookup culture, and life on a college campus today, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and The Washington Post. She has appeared on NPR, The Today Show, CNN, and many other news media outlets discussing her work for Sex and the Soul and The End of Sex, and she has lectured on this research at well over a hundred colleges and universities across the United States including Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Georgetown, Wellesley, and University of Chicago. She continues to speak on issues related to college students and young adults nationwide.

In recent years, Freitas has been a professor at Boston University in the Department of Religion and she teaches often at Hofstra University in their Honors College. She is currently a Research Associate at the University of Notre Dame in the Center for the Study of Religion and Society. She lives in Brooklyn.