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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Laura Krughoff  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;


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Illinois Connection

Krughoff moved to Chicago to attend Loyola University in 1996 and still resides there today.

Biographical and Professional Information

Laura Krughoff is a writer, scholar, and teacher. She attended Loyola University and is in the doctoral course at the University of Illinois at Chicago's program for writers. Her stories have been published in ''Threepenny Review'', ''The Seattle Review'', ''Washington Square Review'', ''Chicago Tribune's Printers Row Journal'', and in the feminist Canadian magazine ''Room of One's Own'' (now known as ''Room Magazine''). She also writes and performs non-fiction with the story-telling performance collaborative ''Second Story''.

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Titles At Your Library

My Brother's Name: A Novel
ISBN: 0983021945

Mighty Media Press. 2013

Jane Fields has idolized her older brother, John, since they were children. She follows in his footsteps as a drummer, and when he suffers a psychotic break as a young man, she follows him into the bewildering landscape of mental illness.

Surrendering to John’s schizophrenic and elliptical logic, Jane assumes her older brother’s identity, and begins to make a life for herself as a young man named John. Every day, Jane interacts with the world as John, and then comes home to tell her brother the stories of his own life, under the naïve and perhaps mad hope that these stories will help John remember and return to the self he lost. But in the act of being John, Jane runs the risk of becoming him. Jane soon identifies more strongly with the man she’s become than the overshadowed woman she once was. When John begins to demand that Jane give up certain aspects of the life she’s built under her assumed identity, particularly a romance, Jane’s double life becomes a house of cards that threatens to collapse. Jane and John are forced to confront the limits of their ability to control each other, and the world around them, through the stories they tell—but just how deep into mental illness can Jane slide?


  • Washington Square Prize for Fiction , ''This Is One Way''
  • Pushcart Prize , ''Halley's Comet''

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