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General Information

Name:  Rosellen Brown  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: May 12, 1939 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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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.


Rosellen has recieved the following awards

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Before and after
ISBN: 9781466804036. OCLC Number: 900792360

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Beautifully written, compassionate and wise, Rosellen Brown's novel is the extraordinary story of a family's struggle to survive the throes of a tragedy. Before and After centers on Carolyn and Ben Reiser and their two children, Judith and Jacob, who live comfortably in a small New England town. When the chief of police comes looking for seventeen-year-old Jacob to question him about the bludgeoning to death of his girlfriend, the Reisers' lives are changed forever. Before and After is the compelling drama of the search for Jacob, his capture, and the chain of events set in motion by a brutal crime of passion. It is a story that pits parent against parent, brother against sister, family against community, blood loyalty against the law. With a flawless ear for dialogue and profound understanding of character and motive, Rosellen Brown has written a heart-wrenching novel that questions the very nature of violence in our society and our ability to ever really know our children.

Before and after
ISBN: 0440216540. OCLC Number: 28738623

Dell,. .

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: 0877752109. OCLC Number: 19074367

Unicorn Press,. .

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: 9780792761365. OCLC Number: 502997387

BBC Audiobooks America,. .

Former civil rights activist, Miriam Vener, feels trapped in the comfortable white upper-middle-class life she leads with her family in Houston in the 1980's. That life suddenly shatters with the appearance, after almost eighteen years, of Veronica (Ronnee), her biracial daughter, born of Miriam's passionate affair a generation ago with Eljay, a brilliant black professor at a Mississippi college, who has raised the child ever since.

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: 1585471925. OCLC Number: 48920174

Center Point Pub.,. .

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,. .