Novelist's life a 'whirlwind' since essay about gang rape

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NEW YORK (AP) — A novelist who posted an open letter saying the gang rape her character endured in the best-selling "Luckiest Girl Alive" was based on her own experience in high school says the past few days have been a "whirlwind."

Jessica Knoll is beginning a tour to promote the book's paperback release. She told a Wednesday night gathering of 50 friends and fans at a Barnes & Noble bookshop in New York the response to her essay has been intense and overwhelmingly positive.

Knoll's "What I Know" appeared last week on, a website co-managed by Lena Dunham. Knoll says, "This has been, to put it mildly, a whirlwind week."

Knoll's novel was first published in 2015 and is being adapted into a feature film.