“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 five acclaimed novels — Rose’s Garden, Lamb in Love, Confinement, The Hatbox Baby and The Rope Walk — as well as a collection of short stories, The House on Belle Isle. The Last First Day, published by Pantheon Books, went on sale September 17th.
She has won many awards for her work, including 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 short fiction has appeared in journals including One Story, Glimmer Train, The Georgia Review, and The Oxford American. Her work has been translated into several 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 summer conferences. She is now Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at Hollins University in Virginia.
“This is a novelist who understands that the forest is in the leaf.” — Ron Charles, The Christian Science Monitor
Praise for The Last First Day
“In her wonderful new novel, Carrie Brown takes on those greatest of human mysteries: enduring love, the long marriage. There’s pathos here, cause for wonder, reasons to believe.” — Christopher Tilghman, author of The Right-Hand Shore and Mason’s Retreat
“Carrie Brown has accomplished one of literature’s most difficult feats — to write compellingly, and convincingly, about human happiness. The Last First Day is marvelous.” — Ron Rash, author of Serena and The Cove
“Concessions have to be made for many things, but concessions made for love are the ones that live on in life and in literature. In a beautifully composed novel, Carrie Brown reminds us of the concessions made for love, of hope and fear shared and endured alone, of joy and sorrow as the undercurrents of life. This is an intimate novel to be relished and remembered.” — Yiyun Li, author of The Vagrants and Gold Boy, Emerald Girl
“The Last First Day is a beautiful account of one woman’s life as she views it from the vantage point of old age… It is a treat to delve into the layers present in this novel, and get to know its multifaceted protagonist at a depth few books ever achieve.” — Bustle