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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Carol Anshaw, Carol Stanley  

Pen Name: Carol White


Born: 1946 in Grosse Point, Michigan

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Illinois Connection

Carol Anshaw lives and teaches in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Carol Anshaw is a respected novelist and a renowned journalist. She attended Michigan State and majored in communications. She then moved to Chicago the very week of the '68 Democratic Convention and took her first job, writing catalog copy, in a modern Dickensian sweatshop. Ten months later she was working as associate features editor at ''Advertising Age'' and started backing up Roger Ebert at the ''Sun-Times''. She wrote movie reviews for the ''Chicago Sun-Times'' for many years and book reviews for the Village Voice's literary supplement, the ''VLS''. She has also written some young adult books and series under pen names. Her novel ''Aquamarine'' was ranked at No. 37 in the list of 100 best gay/lesbian novels by ''The Advocate''. ''About Face Theater'', in Chicago, produced a stage adaptation of her novel ''Seven Moves''.She has taught at Vermont College and currently teaches the MFA in Writing Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Carol is also an accomplished painter.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

ISBN: 0395877555

Mariner. 1997

Olympic swimmer Jesse Austin is seduced and consequently edged out for a gold medal by her Australian rival. From there, Anshaw intricately traces three possible paths for Jesse, spinning exhilarating variations on the themes of lost love and parallel lives unlived. Dorothy Allison, author of Bastard Out of Carolina, writes, "I found myself wishing I could buy a dozen copies and start a discussion group, just so I'd be able to debate all the questions this astonishing novel provokes." A Reader's Guide is available.

Seven Moves
ISBN: 1860494366


Lucky in the Corner
ISBN: 061834070X

Mariner Books. 2003

Nora and Fern's relationship as mother and daughter is a tumble of love and distrust. To Nora, her daughter is an enigma -- at the same time wonderful and unfindable. Fern sees her mother as treacherous -- for busting up their family to move in with her lover, Jeanne. As their lives become complicated by the arrivals of a skateboarding boyfriend for Fern, a shadowy affair for Nora, a baby in need of a family, and by the failing health of Lucky, their beloved dog, this mother and daughter find their way onto a fresh footing with each other. "With sharp humor and perception" (O: The Oprah Magazine), Lucky in the Corner shows us the way a family reconfigures itself as unexpected changes come its way -- and how, no matter what shape it takes, it remains a family.


  • ''Aquamarine'' and ''Seven Moves'' were both Lambda Award finalists

  • Carl Sandburg Award

  • The Society of Midland Authors Award

  • A creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts

  • A recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Citation for Excellence in Reviewing

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaking Engagement Availability: Yes, contact:

    Joy Harris at Joy Harris Literary Agency

    156 Fifth Avenue, Suite 617

    New York, New York 10010