On this month’s episode of the Deerfield Public Library Podcast, we are very happy to share the second part of our conversation with acclaimed author Rosellen Brown

I spoke to Rosellen earlier this year in her home in Hyde Park, on the occasion of the recent publication of her novel The Lake on Fire (Sarabande Books). This novel–her first in 18 years, and her first historical novel–tells the story of Chaya and Asher Shaderowsky, Jewish immigrant siblings finding their way in the harsh inequalities of 1890s Chicago. This is a major event by a major Chicago writer and we’re thrilled to have this opportunity to celebrate the work of Rosellen Brown. 

You can listen back to part 1 of our conversation, where we discuss themes that run through Brown’s whole career, and how she uses form to approach difficult emotional and political subjects. This month, in part 2, we focus on The Lake on Fire and how her new novel fits into her whole career.

You can check out books by Rosellen Brown here at the library, as part of our new Podcast Collection, which features books (and other media) from our past 3+ years of podcast guests.

We hope you enjoy our 36th episode! Each month we release an episode featuring a conversation with a notable guest, including authors, artists, and leaders from Deerfield, Chicagoland, and the world. Learn more about the podcast on our podcast page.

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