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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Carol Anshaw  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult; Adult; Adult;

Born: 1946 in Grosse Pointe, Michigan


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Illinois Connection

Anshaw is a resident of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Carol Anshaw is a novelist and painter. Her short fiction has been published in various periodicals. She taught in the MFA in Writing program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is a past fellow of the Illinois Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Published Works Expand for more information


Titles At Your Library

Aquamarine
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: 0395877563

Mariner Books. 1997

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.

Carry the One: A Novel
ISBN: 1451636881

Simon & Schuster. 2012

This stunning, break-out achievement has already been hailed by Emma Donoghue, bestselling author of Room, for presenting “passion and addiction, guilt and damage, all the beautiful mess of family life. Carry the One will lift readers off their feet and bear them along on its eloquent tide.”

Carry the One begins in the hours following Carmen’s wedding reception, when a car filled with stoned, drunk, and sleepy guests accidentally hits and kills a girl on a dark country road. For the next twenty-five years, those involved, including Carmen and her brother and sister, craft their lives in response to this single tragic moment. As one character says, “When you add us up, you always have to carry the one.” Through friendships and love affairs

marriage and divorce

parenthood, holidays, and the modest calamities and triumphs of ordinary days, Carry the One shows how one life affects another and how those who thrive and those who self-destruct are closer to each other than we’d expect. As they seek redemption through addiction, social justice, and art, Anshaw’s characters reflect our deepest pain and longings, our joys, and our transcendent moments of understanding. This wise, wry, and erotically charged novel derives its power and appeal from the author’s exquisite use of language

her sympathy for her recognizable, very flawed characters

and her persuasive belief in the transforming forces of time and love.


Awards

'''Essays in the Village Voice'''

National Book Critics Circle Citation for Excellence in Reviewing, 1989 '''''Aquamarine'''''

Carl Sandburg Award for Fiction, 1992

Society of Midland Authors Award, 1992'''''Lucky in the Corner'''''

Ferro-Grumley Award, 2002

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