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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Carol Anshaw  

Pen Name: Carol White, Carol Stanley


Born: 1946 in Grosse Point, Michigan


Illinois Connection

Carol Anshaw lives and teaches in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Carol Anshaw is a respected novelist and a renowned journalist. She attended Michigan State and majored in communications. She then moved to Chicago the very week of the '68 Democratic Convention and took her first job - writing catalog copy in a modern-day sweatshop. Ten months later she was working as associate features editor at ''Advertising Age'' and started backing up Roger Ebert at the ''Sun-Times''. She wrote movie reviews for the ''Chicago Sun-Times'' for many years and book reviews for the Village Voice's literary supplement, the ''VLS''. Carol has been so successful in her reviewing that she won the 1990 National Book Critics Circle citation for excellence in reviewing. The award brought her much recognition and reviewing assignments from many publications like: the Tribune and Sun-Times, LA Times, the Washington Post and NY Newsday. She has also written some books under her married name and young adult books under her maiden name and series names. Her novel ''Aquamarine'' was ranked at No. 37 in the list of 100 best gay/lesbian novels by ''The Advocate''. ''About Face Theater'', in Chicago, produced a stage adaptation of her novel ''Seven Moves''.In addition to her reviewing and writing, Carol has taught at Chicago's Columbia College and at Ragdale. She currently teaches the MFA in Writing Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is also an accomplished painter.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

ISBN: 0395877555

Mariner Books. 1997

Olympic swimmer Jesse Austin is seduced and consequently edged out for a gold medal by her Australian rival. From there, Anshaw intricately traces three possible paths for Jesse, spinning exhilarating variations on the themes of lost love and parallel lives unlived. Dorothy Allison, author of Bastard Out of Carolina, writes, "I found myself wishing I could buy a dozen copies and start a discussion group, just so I'd be able to debate all the questions this astonishing novel provokes." A Reader's Guide is available.

Seven Moves
ISBN: 1860494366


Christine Snow, a successful Chicago therapist, sets out to find her vanished lover, the sultry and elusive travel photographer Taylor Hayes. Forging a trail that leads into the heart of Morocco, Seven Moves tracks Christine's gradual recognition that no one can ever really know another's soul. Bearing Anshaw's trademark style -funny, hip, and laser-sharp -this is "a tightly told tale that resists the bookmark as well as any thriller" (Chicago Sun-Times). A Reader's Guide is now available.

Lucky in the Corner: A Novel
ISBN: 061834070X

Mariner Books. 2003

Nora and Fern's relationship as mother and daughter is a tumble of love and distrust. To Nora, her daughter is an enigma -- at the same time wonderful and unfindable. Fern sees her mother as treacherous -- for busting up their family to move in with her lover, Jeanne. As their lives become complicated by the arrivals of a skateboarding boyfriend for Fern, a shadowy affair for Nora, a baby in need of a family, and by the failing health of Lucky, their beloved dog, this mother and daughter find their way onto a fresh footing with each other. "With sharp humor and perception" (O: The Oprah Magazine), Lucky in the Corner shows us the way a family reconfigures itself as unexpected changes come its way -- and how, no matter what shape it takes, it remains a family.


-- *''Aquamarine'' and ''Seven Moves'' were both Lambda Award finalists

-- *Carl Sandburg Award

-- *The Society of Midland Authors Award

-- *A creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts

-- *A recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Citation for Excellence in Reviewing