45-year-old Donna Koczynski is a former “bad Jewish girl” — a failed punk rocker and recovering alcoholic. Now she’s a wise-aleck wife and mother moldering in the Detroit suburbs. That is until she returns home one day to the surprise of a lifetime.
As her world implodes, she sets off on an epic road trip to reclaim everything she believes she’s sacrificed since her wild youth: Great friendship, passionate, love, and her art. Yet as she careens across America, nothing turns out as planned. Ultimately, she finds herself on a remote Greek island instead, embroiled in the Syrian Refugee Crisis. There she comes face to face with the legacy and responsibilities of her Jewish heritage. She becomes humbled — and part of a much greater team committed to “Tikkun Olam.”
Irresistibly funny, whip-smart, and surprisingly powerful, Donna Has Left the Building is a novel that defies all expectations. It’s an unforgettable tale about spiritual awakening and what it really means to love in today’s big, broken, beautiful world.