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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


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Illinois Connection

Brown moved to Chicago in 1995 and still resides there.

Biographical and Professional Information

Rosellen Brown is an American author, and has been an instructor of English and creative writing at several universities, including the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Houston. She has lived in and written about cities from New York to Houston. Her novel ''Before and After'' was adapted into a major motion picture starring Meryl Streep and Liam Neeson.


Published Works

  • Some Deaths in the Delta, University of Massachusetts Press, 1970
  • The Autobiography of My Mother, Doubleday, 1976
  • Cora Fry, Norton, 1977
  • Civil Wars, Knopf, 1978
  • Rosellen Brown Reader, University of New England Press, 1992
  • Before and After, Ferrar, Straus & Giroux, 1992
  • Cora Fry's Pillow Book, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1994
  • Tender Mercies, Delta, 1998
  • Half a Heart, Ferrar, Straus & Giroux, 2000
  • Street Games, W.W. Norton & Company, 2001
  • Before and After: A Novel, Picador, 2005


Selected Titles At Your Library

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

Delta Trade Paperbacks,. New York :. 1998.

Cora Fry :
ISBN: 0393044556. OCLC Number:

Norton,. New York :. ©1977.

Civil wars /
ISBN: 0385332920. OCLC Number:

Delta Trade Paperbacks,. New York :. 1998, ©1984.

Tender mercies /
ISBN: 0385333323. OCLC Number:

Dell Pub.,. New York :. 1998, ©1978.

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.

Before and after /
ISBN: 0312424418. OCLC Number:

Farrar Straus Giroux,. New York :. ©1992.

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.

Half a heart /
ISBN: 1587240173. OCLC Number:

Compass Press,. Rockland, MA :. [2001]

Before and after /
ISBN: 0312424418. OCLC Number:

Farrar Straus Giroux,. New York :. ©1992.

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.


Awards

Rosellen has recieved the following awards

Speaking Engagements

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