Deborah Levy

Cindy Seip

Deborah Levy trained at England’s Dartington College of Arts before becoming a playwright. Her works for the stage include Pax, Heresies, Clam, Call Blue Jane, Shiny Nylon, Honey Baby Middle England, Pushing the Prince into Denmark, and Macbeth-False Memories. She has also written several novels, including Beautiful Mutants, Swallowing Geography, The Unloved, and Billy and Girl. Real Estate: A Living Autobiography (Bloomsbury Publishing) is a thought-provoking and intimate meditation on home and the specters that haunt it in our patriarchal society. It’s the third and final installment in three-time Booker Prize-nominated Levy’s Living Autobiography series. In Real Estate, she crafts a searing examination of womanhood and ownership while blending personal history, gender politics, philosophy, and literary theory. Her inventory of possessions, real and imagined, pushes readers to question their cultural understanding of belonging and belongings, and to consider the value of a woman’s intellectual and personal life. Publishers Weekly called it an “incandescent meditation on writing, womanhood, and the places that nurture both.”