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Carole DeSanti is an editor who champions independent voices in women’s fiction. Her debut novel, The Unruly Passions of Eugénie R., was published in 2013. 

About Carole

Photo: Sigrid Estrada

Photo: Sigrid Estrada

Writer and editor Carole DeSanti entered publishing in the late 1980s with a commitment to creating  channels for new voices and diverse points of view. She is known particularly for discovering independent voices in memoir and fiction, and for her support of women writers. 

Notable titles Carole has published include Dorothy Allison’s contemporary classic Bastard Out of Carolina; Melissa Bank’s A Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing; the award-winning novels of Ruth Ozeki, including Booker-finalist A Tale for the Time Being; Marisha Pessl’s Special Topics in Calamity Physics, and George Hodgman's Bettyville. She has edited and published the bestselling novels of Terry McMillan and Deborah Harkness, as well as David Servan-Schreiber's pioneering Anticancer,  A New Way of Life.   

DeSanti’s own novel The Unruly Passions of Eugénie R. evolved over years of clandestine writing and research. A response to such classics as Flaubert’s Madame Bovary and Zola’s Nana, the novel explores a woman’s journey from crisis and self-doubt to awakening and consciousness during the turbulent era of the Franco-Prussian War. A New York Times Book Review Editors Choice in 2012, Unruly Passions has been hailed as “a magnificent novel in scope and achievement, powerfully written yet delicately evocative” (Fay Weldon) and “the poem of female desires: sexual, artistic, political, intellectual, maternal. And all these unfold amid a richness of historical detail, rendered in elegant 19th-century-style prose” (The New York Times Book Review) .

Carole's essays on writing, publishing and creative process have been published in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Guardian, and The Women's Review of Books. She has been profiled in Poets & Writers Magazine and awarded fellowships at the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center and Hedgebrook. In her current position as Vice President, Executive Editor at Viking Penguin, Carole has built a strong and ever-evolving list of fiction and nonfiction titles, ranging from health and wellness to literary and commercial fiction and memoir.