“Exquisitely written… There is lucidity and depth in each observed or remembered moment … an overall view of a beautiful landscape seen through clear water, a scene of truth and transformation.” — The Washington Post on “The Last First Day”
Carrie Brown is the author of six acclaimed novels — Rose’s Garden, Lamb in Love, Confinement, The Hatbox Baby, The Rope Walk and, most recently, The Last First Day — as well as a collection of short stories, The House on Belle Isle.
Her fiction and nonfiction and reviews have appeared in many newspapers and literary journals, including One Story, Tin House, Glimmer Train, The Georgia Review, and The Oxford American. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, the Barnes and Noble Discover Award, the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize, The Great Lakes Book Award, and, twice, the Library of Virginia Award. Her work has been translated into many languages, and she has appeared at literary festivals, libraries, bookstores, and colleges and universities across the country.
A graduate of Brown University and the MFA program in Creative Writing at the University of Virginia, where she held a prestigious Henry Hoyns Fellowship, she has taught creative writing at Sweet Briar College, where she was the Margaret Banister Writer in Residence, at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, where she was a visiting writer, and at Hollins University in Virginia, where she was Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing Virginia. She lives now in Massachusetts and teaches alongside her husband, the writer John Gregory Brown, at Deerfield Academy.
Coming in May 2015
Coming May 12: the paperback of The Last First Day, the story of a woman’s life in its twilight, as she looks back at a harrowing childhood and the unaccountable love and happiness that emerged from it.
“Quietly powerful… Exquisitely written… here is lucidity and depth in each observed or remembered moment of their lives, giving an overall view of a beautiful landscape seen through clear water, a scene of truth and transformation.” — The Washington Post
Coming May 19: “Witness“, a Vintage Shorts “Short Story Month” original selection.
“Witness” is a luminous, moving story from the author of The Last First Day and The Rope Walk — a poignant look at the overlooked corners of once-grand metropolises and the inhabitants that call them home.
Coming in January 2016
Coming January 19: The Stargazer’s Sister, an historical novel, set in 19th-century England, of familial collaboration and conflict, the sublime beauty of astronomy, and the small but essential place of one woman’s role within this vast and astonishing cosmos.
“This is a novelist who understands that the forest is in the leaf.” — Ron Charles, The Christian Science Monitor