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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Rosellen Brown  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: May 12, 1939 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


-- Website -- https://rosellenbrown.com
-- Wikipedia -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosellen_Brown

E-Mail: -- rosellen@rosellenbrown.com


Illinois Connection

Brown moved to Chicago in 1995 and still resides there. She now teaches in the MFA in Writing Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and lives in Mr. Obama’s neighborhood, overlooking Lake Michigan.

Biographical and Professional Information

Rosellen Brown is the author of the novels Civil Wars, Half a Heart, Tender Mercies, Before and After, and six other books. Her stories have appeared frequently in O. Henry Prize Stories, Best American Short Stories and Best Short Stories of the Century. Her novel Before and After was adapted into a major motion picture starring Meryl Streep and Liam Neeson.


Awards

The Lake on Fire

Best Fiction of the Year, Kirkus, 2018

Fall Preview: The 20 Books You Need to Read This Season, Entertainment Weekly

What to Read This Week, Newsday

5 Hot Books, The National Book Review

Best of the Best Books of the Year, Chicago Public Library, 2018

Montaigne Medal Finalist, Eric Hoffer Book Award, 2019

Official Selection, Reading Group Choices 2020

Starred Review, Kirkus

Starred Review, Booklist

Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

Other Awards and Honors

Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize, 1984

Fuller Award for Lifetime Achievement, Chicago Literary Hall of Fame

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

Selected Titles At Your Library

Before and after /
ISBN: 0312424418. OCLC Number: 25874593

Farrar Straus Giroux,. .

Rosellen Brown's long-awaited novel is the extraordinary story of a family's struggle to survive the throes of tragedy. Set in the small town of Hyland, the backdrop for Brown's Tender Mercies, Before and After centers on Carolyn and Ben Reiser and their two children, Judith and Jacob, who have moved to New England for the comforts of rural life. Carolyn is a pediatrician who devotes her time and energy to making young lives painless and healthy. Ben is a sculptor whose imagination works overtime, yielding strange creatures of benevolent, almost totemic significance. Jacob is their seventeen-year-old son, whose shyness conceals darker impulses he keeps hidden from his parents. And Judith is his unforgettable sister, puzzled by her brother's secrecy and sexual preoccupations, suspicious of his suppressed anger.

Civil wars /
ISBN: 0385332920. OCLC Number: 43854855

Delta Trade Paperbacks,. .

Cora Fry :
ISBN: 0393044556. OCLC Number: 2463416

Norton,. .

Cora Fry's pillow book
ISBN: 0374144028. OCLC Number: 30110659

Farrar, Straus, and Giroux,. .

A woman's account in verse of working-class life in New England, a story of puritanism and penny-pinching. By the author of Cora Fry, of which this is the sequel.

Half a heart /
ISBN: 1587240173. OCLC Number: 45749821

Compass Press,. .

Rosellen brown reader :
ISBN: 0874516455. OCLC Number: 232497584

Univ Pr Of New England,. .

Street games :
ISBN: 0393322076. OCLC Number: 47860874

W.W. Norton,. .

Tender mercies /
ISBN: 0385333323. OCLC Number: 40777994

Dell Pub.,. .

Laura and Dan are a less than perfect couple with children and lots of plans. Then Dan takes the tiller of a boat he can't handle and causes the accident that changes their lives forever. Suddenly they must deal with a marriage in which all the rules have changed, and confront the guilt and anger, fear and desire that can tear apart families and lives.

The autobiography of my mother /
ISBN: 0385333579. OCLC Number: 41020322

Delta Trade Paperbacks,. .

The lake on fire /
ISBN: 1946448230. OCLC Number: 1019833302

. .

"After more than a decade, Rosellen Brown, author of ten celebrated books, is back with a gritty, absorbing, and deeply felt novel. The Lake on Fire is an epic narrative that begins among immigrants on a failing Wisconsin farm. Chaya and her strange, brilliant, little brother Asher depart for Chicago only to discover that the Gilded Age is as empty a façade as the beautiful Columbian Exposition attracting thousands to Lake Michigan's shore. They scrape together a meager living--she in a cigar factory; he, roaming the city and stealing books and jewelry to share with the poor, until they find different paths of escape. Chaya's becomes a deeply conflicted love story and Asher, haunted by his loyalty to the Fair's abandoned workers, is responsible for an astonishing terrorist act. The abandoned Fair burns to the ground as the city goes on with its usual business in this profound narrative that resonates eerily with today's news"--