In her early 20s, Rachel Kling was a promising young writer, being mentored by the likes of Philip Roth and Louise DeSalvo. One of her lines even earned her a guest appearance in the Roth novel Deception. But then, after being accepted into Columbia University‘s prestigious graduate program in creative writing, she suffered a breakdown that eventually led her to a catatonic state: six weeks of her life in which she walked and minimally interacted with others but of which she has no memory.
After three years of writing, Kling has completed a novel about the experience, which she is now marketing to agents. She shares the first chapter of the novel in this appearance on Writers@WRUV.
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Read the first chapter of her novel.
Kling lives in Burlington, where, in addition to writing two hours every day, she is working her way to a black belt in the Japanese martial art of Aikido.