Roxana Robinson
Award-Winning Novelist

Roxana Robinson is the author of eight books: four novels, three collections of short stories, and the biography of Georgia O’Keeffe. Her novel Cost, a gripping family drama set on a Maine farmhouse, was named one of the 10 Best Books of the Year by the Washington Post, and it won the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance Award for best fiction. Her latest novel, Sparta,  Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper’s, The New York Times and elsewhere. Her books have  been translated into French, German and Dutch. Robinson has received  fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.

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Julia Lambert, an artist, is spending the summer in her old Maine farmhouse. During a visit from her elderly parents, she hopes to mend complicated...

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SpartaA Novel

Conrad Farrell does not come from a military family, but as a classics major at Williams College, he has encountered the powerful appeal of the Marine Corps...

Fiction Matters: Roxana Robinson talks about her own work, the novels and short stories, and the themes behind them.
Fiction of Engagement: A talk on what lies at the heart of great fiction; why the emotions are so central to work we admire – from Shakespeare and Sophocles to the modern - and why emotional engagement is still important in contemporary fiction.
Georgia O’Keeffe: Reading the Work as the Life: A presentation with visuals on the life and work of a modern master.

Praise for Cost "Pitch-perfect . . . Cost is unusual for being as plot-driven as it is character-driven, and the assured manner in which Robinson builds toward the inevitable train wreck is matched by her acuity in bringing us inside the characters’ minds."
--The New York Times Book Review

"Scarily good . . . with such fierce moments of anxiety and grief, this is, frankly, a challenging novel to read, but Robinson's insight makes it impossible to break away."
--The Washington Post

"Cost applies Roxana Robinson's trademark gifts as an intelligent, sensitive analyst of family life. . . . A warmly human and deeply satisfying book, marking a new level of ambition and achievement for this talented author."
--Chicago Tribune

"[A] piercing novel . . . Robinson has always been a sensitive and revelatory writer, but she attains new degrees of intensity here. . . . Her illuminations of the churning inner lives of her smart and deep-feeling characters depict good people facing brutal forces beyond the reach of reason and love."