Domenica Ruta is a fiction writer and memoirist from Massachusetts. A scholarship kid at Phillips Academy Andover and Oberlin College, she has worked as a videographer and editor, a book store clerk, a waitress, a bartender, an English-as-a-Foreign-Language teacher, a nanny, a nursing home caregiver, a domestic violence hotline advocate and a house cleaner. She received her MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas, Austin.
Her first book, the memoir With or Without You, was a New York Times Bestseller and named by Entertainment Weekly as one of the top three nonfiction books of the year 2013. The Boston Globe, Macleans, NPR, Slate, Elle, Bust, Oprah.com and USA Today all loved it. Her first novel, The Last Day, is forthcoming spring 2019 from Spiegel & Grau/Penguin Random House.
Domenica Ruta’s short fiction has been published in the Boston Review, the Indiana Review and Epoch. Her essays have appeared in 9th Letter, New York Magazine and elsewhere. She reviews books for the New York Times, Oprah.com and the American Scholar, and works as an editor, curator, and advocate for solo moms at ESME.com.