Sunset Terrace

Sunset Terrace is the story of an impoverished single mother and her daughters struggling to survive in a government-subsidized apartment complex in Los Angeles.

"Donner's writing is nothing short of gorgeous, alive to the intricate hostilities between girls and the tangled alliances among women. The compassion she summons for the desperately sad children in this book is nearly crushing in its intensity. This is a remarkable debut." —Baltimore Sun

"Rebecca Donner has captured with painful accuracy the way that longing and love between girls can get tangled until it becomes an impossible knot. This is a gripping story, told with compassion, humor, and a clarity of vision that marks the debut of a writer to watch."  —Dani Shapiro

"A family puts down roots in a hardscrabble Southern California apartment complex in this colorful, wonderfully realized first novel."   —Publisher's Weekly

"A migratory mother flirts with stability in first-timer Donner's strongly realized novel of place." Kirkus Reviews

"Sunset Terrace is a moving novel of women and girls, scrappy, independent, by turns afraid and unafraid. The stakes are high on every page where managing loss and survival is as daily as bread. Rebecca Donner has made a wonderful and strong debut."  —Victoria Redel

"In Sunset Terrace, Rebecca Donner manages to combine the affectionate and the painful, a sharp eye for the minute detail and a firm sense of narrative architecture. From its first sad-funny and skeptical sentence, Sunset Terrace shows a smart and compassionate sensibility at work."  —David Gates

"It’s difficult to write about children in a way that is both true to childhood and of serious literary interest to adult readers, but in her first novel Rebecca Donner accomplishes this feat with pathos and finesse." —Matthew Sharpe

"Sunset Terrace is an engaging and unusual story by a wise, accomplished new novelist with a keen eye and a dry wit. I read it with enormous pleasure." —Lynne Sharon Schwartz

"This is a wonderful novel, exciting in so many ways: exploration of character, evocation of place, and an assured narrative that carries us swiftly and deeply to places in the heart and mind we experience as if for the first time.  To find that in any novel is rare; in a first novel, it is truly a gift.  With Sunset Terrace Rebecca Donner sets the cornerstone of what promises to be a terrific career." —Nicholas Christopher

"Literate fiction dealing with the inner lives of children presents a challenge for both writer and reader.  But Donner does her young characters the service of taking them seriously, investing them with self-awareness and the capacity for complex motivations, while writing with an asperity that keeps her clear of the maudlin and the trite." Gulf Coast Review


A collaboration with the DC Comics artist Inaki Miranda, Burnout is a graphic novel about ecoterrorism in the Pacific Northwest.

"The enormously talented Donner is unafraid of taking risks with Burnout, and it pays off, with a cautionary, edgy and unputdownable story." —Oakland Tribune

"Donner very effectively translates the caged sensation of youth, and the struggles (often misguided) to break free. While the message of Burnout isn't a happy-go-lucky one, it is honest. For that and much more, it's a story that lingers in the mind, like the sharp pain of a burn."   —ComicMix

"Donner crafts a hauntingly evocative story in Burnout."   —Graphic Novel Reporter