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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Carol Anshaw  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1946 in Grosse Pointe, Michigan

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Illinois Connection

Anshaw 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.

Biographical and Professional Information

Carol Anshaw is a novelist and painter. Her short fiction has been published in various periodicals. She currently divides her time between Chicago and Amsterdam.


'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 Best Book of the Year, Washington Post Book World Best Book of the Year, Chicago Tribune Carry the One 4 Stars, People Magazine A, Entertainment Weekly

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Selected Titles At Your Library

Aquamarine /
ISBN: 0395877555. OCLC Number: 24173609

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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.

Carry the one /
ISBN: 1451636881. OCLC Number: 711989013

Simon & Schuster,. .

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.

Lucky in the corner /
ISBN: 061834070X. OCLC Number: 53032300

Mariner Books,. .

Right after the weather /
ISBN: 1476747792. OCLC Number: 1051777208

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It’s the fall of 2016. Cate, a set designer in her early forties, lives and works in Chicago’s theater community. She has stayed too long at the fair and knows it’s time to get past her prolonged adolescence and stop taking handouts from her parents. She has a firm plan to get solvent and settled in a serious relationship. She has tentatively started something new even as she’s haunted by an old, going-nowhere affair. Her ex-husband, recently booted from his most recent marriage, is currently camped out in Cate’s spare bedroom, in thrall to online conspiracy theories, and she’s not sure how to help him. Her best friend Neale, a yoga instructor, lives nearby with her son and is Cate’s model for what serious adulthood looks like.

Seven moves /
ISBN: 0395877563. OCLC Number: 34617758

Houghton Mifflin,. .

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.