Professor Carrie Brown

Carrie Brown:

Associate Professor of English

Margaret Banister Writer-in-Residence

B.A., Brown University

M.F.A., University of Virginia

Carrie Brown is the author of five novels – her most recent novel is The Rope Walk (Pantheon, 2007) – and a collection of short stories, The House on Belle Isle. Her other novels include Rose’s Garden, Lamb in Love, The Hatbox Baby and Confinement.

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, and The Great Lakes Book Award. She has also twice won the Library of Virginia’s Fiction Award, and her novel The Rope Walk was chosen as the All Iowa Reads Selection by the Iowa Public Library. Her work has been translated into several languages and anthologized in New Stories from The South, and her novels have appeared on the Best Books of the Year lists from The Christian Science Monitor and The Chicago Tribune.

A frequent book reviewer for newspapers including The Washington Post and The Boston Globe, her short fiction has also appeared in journals including One Story, The Oxford American, The Georgia Review, Glimmer Train, and Blackbird. She teaches Creative Writing at Sweet Briar College in Virginia alongside her husband, the novelist John Gregory Brown. She has also taught at the University of Virginia, where she was a recipient of the Henry Hoyns Fellowship, and at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.


The Rope Walk

“Beautifully written. . . . Captures the dignity and grace of a young woman coming into knowledge of herself and the world.” 
—Chicago Tribune

“Gentle, lyrical. . . . Brown captures Alice’s visceral response to the physical world.” 
—The Washington Post Book World

“Reading this novel is a serious pleasure.” 
—New Orleans Times-Picayune



“With its luminous language and an ending more sweet than bitter, this poignant, richly layered novel is something exceptional.” — Booklist

“This beautiful novel maps the emotional life of a World War II refugee who becomes trapped in his new existence in America. Part Sophie’s Choice, part Anne Tyler.”– People

The House on Belle Isle:

“Brown’s carefully crafted novel illuminates the tragedies of life with a harrowing beauty.” — The Baltimore Sun

“Rich in image and insight, gracefully written and peopled with characters who quietly demand our loving attention.”

The Chicago Tribune

The Hatbox Baby

“Another unexpected jewel from Brown.”  — Library Journal

“Quietly plotted, richly imagined, and rendered with remarkable grace.” — The Atlanta Journal and Constitution


Lamb in Love

“Brown takes such care with these simple people’s hopes and fears that before we know it, their luminary love seems as wondrous as anything else on earth, or beyond.”

“Unconventional and eloquent” — The New York Times Book Review

Rose’s Garden

“Brown’s writing…conveys intense events and emotions with a deceivingly gentle touch.” — USA Today

“Both luminous and wise…[a] magical first novel.” — The New York Times Book Review

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