Alumna Daria Polatin '07 Debut Novel 'Devil in Ohio'
October 26, 2017
"When fifteen-year-old Jules Mathis comes home from school to find a strange girl sitting in her kitchen, her psychiatrist mother reveals that Mae is one of her patients at the hospital and will be staying with their family for a few days. But soon Mae is wearing Jules’s clothes, sleeping in her bedroom, edging her out of her position on the school paper, and flirting with Jules’s crush. And Mae has no intention of leaving.Then things get weird. Jules walks in on a half-dressed Mae, startled to see: a pentagram carved into Mae’s back. Jules pieces together clues and discovers that Mae is a survivor of the strange cult that’s embedded in a nearby town. And the cult will stop at nothing to get Mae back" according to Daria's website.
The book is published by Macmillan/Feiwel & Friends and already has received raved reviews from recognized writers and producers: “Devil in Ohio kept me up until 3 a.m. with the lights on – in a good way. It’s a haunting thriller for readers who like fear, humor, and heart in one package.” said Meredith Goldstein, for The Boston Globe.
Devil in Ohio releases 11/7. It's available for pre-order here
Daria graduated from the Playwritting Concentration in 2007. She's also an alumna of Center Theatre Group’s Writers Workshop, EST’s Youngblood, and a resident playwright at The Echo Theater. She completed a residency with London’s Royal Court Theatre; BFA Boston University. She is a founding member of The Kilroys, the advocacy group for gender parity on the American stage. She has received several Awards including: Kennedy Center/ACTF Best One-Act Play, Middle East America Playwriting Prize Honorable Mention, Wasserstein Prize Nominee. Plays published by Dramatists Play Service, Dramatic Publishing Company and Vintage Books. Her new play Palmyra will be presented by Primary Stages.