Erika Rummel was born in Vienna. She studied at the University of Toronto and taught Renaissance history at Wilfrid Laurier University and U of T. She is the author of more than a dozen non-fiction books (social history, biography, translation) and two novels, Playing Naomi (2009) and Head Games (2013). She divides her time between Toronto and Los Angeles, and has lived in villages in Argentina, Romania, and Bulgaria. She was awarded the Random House Creative Writing Award in 2011. Playing Naomi has been praised as a wry comedy “reminiscent of the corrosive but jovial cynicism of media satires like The Larry Saunders Show and The Newsroom” (Cynthia Sugars in University of Toronto Quarterly).
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by Erika Rummel
Fifteen-year old Melanie has run away and is lost in the Californian desert. The search party is told she is mute. But is Melanie really mute, or is there an unspeakable secret in her life? Melanie's terrifying adventure is about the difficulty of putting thoughts into words, of being heard and understood and loved.
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