Books by Rosellen Brown

THE LAKE ON FIRE by Rosellen Brown
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"A transporting drama of class and love, steeped in period feeling, written with beauty and conviction."
Two young Jewish immigrants run away from home to make their way in the seething, harsh tumult of 19th-century Chicago. Read full book review >
HALF A HEART by Rosellen Brown
Released: May 1, 2000

"Half a Heart is anything but half-hearted. We feel we can trust Brown's integrity and compassion; that's why her fiction, even when (as here) it's intermittently redundant and overexplicit, never fails to grip us."
The volatile relationship between a fortysomething Houston matron and the racially mixed daughter who hesitantly reenters her life is central to Brown's intelligent, affecting, if occasionally slow-moving fifth novel (and first since Before and After, 1992). Read full book review >
BEFORE AND AFTER by Rosellen Brown
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"A remarkable, nightmarish, often shattering novel."
Brown, as she showed in Civil Wars (1985), is particularly drawn to what happens to families when a wheel comes off, when the domestic unit begins to careen and veer and ultimately crash. Read full book review >