Christina McDowell is the author of the critically acclaimed book, After Perfect: A Daughter's Memoir. The film rights were sold to Valparaiso Pictures in 2018. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, The Guardian, O (Oprah) Magazine, People Magazine, The Village Voice, LA Weekly and more. Her forthcoming book, The Cave Dwellers: A Novel, is scheduled to be released May 25, 2021 by Scout Press at Simon & Schuster. You can pre-order her book
Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Christina is an advocate for restorative justice and criminal justice reform. She has traveled to state prisons to speak on behalf of families of the incarcerated and victims of crime. She taught creative writing to teenage girls at Central Juvenile Hall in Los Angeles for two years and serves on the advisory board of POPS The Club (Pain of the Prison System), the first high school club in the U.S. to empower youth impacted by the mass incarceration crisis. She was honored for her outstanding advocacy work by the board of directors and its members in 2018.
The Cave Dwellers: A Novel
"The Cave Dwellers is a provocative and extraordinary tale of family legacy, racism, classism, and greed. In scathing prose, McDowell's writing is as addictive as it is powerful. Love this book and it's still lingering in my mind weeks after reading it."
- JAMES FREY, New York Times Bestselling Author of
A Million Little Pieces
Coming May 25, 2021
A compulsively readable novel in the vein of The Bonfire of the Vanities—by way of The Nest—about what Washington, DC’s high society members do away from the Capitol building and behind the closed doors of their suburban mansions.
They are the families considered worthy of a listing in the exclusive Green Book—a discriminative diary created by the niece of Edith Roosevelt’s social secretary. Their aristocratic bloodlines are woven into the very fabric of Washington—generation after generation. Their old money and manner lurk through the cobblestone streets of Georgetown, Kalorama and Capitol Hill. They only socialize within their inner circle, turning a blind eye to those who come and go on the political merry-go-round. Parents and their children living life free of consequences in a gilded existence of power and privilege.
But what they have failed to understand is that the world is changing. And when the family of one of their own is held hostage and brutally murdered, everything about their legacy is called into question.
They’re called The Cave Dwellers.
More about Christina
Previously, Christina co-wrote op-ed articles with former Clinton and Bush White House spokesman, Robert Weiner, at The National Press Club. She provided in-depth research and analysis of current public policies, regulations and laws.
During the 2016 election, Christina was associate deputy director of the Pasadena field office for Californians for Voter Turnout Education and Registration.
In 2012, Christina co-produced and lead research on the Netflix documentary, Survivor's Guide to Prison, directed by Academy Award nominated producer, Matthew Cooke and executive produced by Academy Award winning actress, Susan Sarandon.
Released in 2018.
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