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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Carol Anshaw  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult; Adult; Adult;

Born: 1946 in Grosse Pointe, Michigan

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Illinois Connection

Anshaw is a resident of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Carol Anshaw is a novelist and painter. Her short fiction has been published in various periodicals. She taught in the MFA in Writing program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is a past fellow of the Illinois Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Published Works

  • Aquamarine, Mariner Books, 1997
  • Seven Moves, Mariner Books, 1997
  • Lucky in the Corner, Mariner Books, 2003
  • Carry the One, Simon & Schuster, 2012

Selected Titles At Your Library

Aquamarine /
ISBN: 0395877555. OCLC Number:

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As she turns forty, Jesse Austin reflects on how her life might have turned out if she had made different choices at three crucial turning points in her past.

Seven moves /
ISBN: 0395877563. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin,. Boston :. 1996.

A lesbian therapist in Chicago whose live-in lover disappears tracks her down in Morocco, only to find a different woman, a shock that puts her power of perception in question. If she could misread a lover for so long--a therapist's worst fear--perhaps she hardly knows her own mind.

Lucky in the corner /
ISBN: 061834070X. OCLC Number:

Mariner Books,. Boston :. 2003.

Carry the one /
ISBN: 1451636881. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster,. New York :. 2012.

When a car of inebriated guests from Carmen's wedding hits and kills a girl on a country road, Carmen and the people involved in the accident connect, disconnect, and reconnect throughout twenty-five subsequent years of marriage, parenthood, holidays, and tragedies.


Essays in the Village Voice

  • National Book Critics Circle Citation for Excellence in Reviewing, 1989
  • Aquamarine

  • Carl Sandburg Award for Fiction, 1992
  • Society of Midland Authors Award, 1992
  • Lucky in the Corner

  • Ferro-Grumley Award, 2002

    Speaking Engagements

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