Rilla Askew


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Rilla Askew is a fifth-generation Oklahoman. Her books include The Mercy Seat, Fire in Beulah, and Harpsong. The recipient of a 2009 Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, she divides her time between Oklahoma, where she teaches at the University of Oklahoma, and her home in upstate New York.

  • New York. Ecco / HarperCollins. 2013. ISBN 9780062198792 Rilla Askew’s fourth novel is a brilliant evocation of Heraclitus’s axiom that character is fate—an ironic evocation she both confirms and turns on its head. Askew’s characters are fated to have their strength continually tested in the face of narcissistic forces that would tear them apart as surely as any tornado, and in the end are stripp...
  •  July 2009 WLT When I Google my name online and click on result seventy-two, say—way down past the sites featuring remaindered copies of my books for as little as one penny plus shipping and handling, but a bit before the cemetery lists including dead people bearing my first or last name—I find “Rilla Askew” on a variety of Fiction Diversity Lists. I’m on a North American Native Authors...