Laura Catherine Brown


Quickening: A Novel


Laura Catherine Brown’s first novel, Quickening, was chosen by Barnes & Noble and featured in their Discover Great New Writers series. She is currently seeking a publisher for her second novel as she works on her third.

In addition to being a writer of fiction, Laura has taught creative writing as an adjunct professor at Manhattanville College for over two years. She is also a dedicated yoga practitioner and instructor, having studied a variety of styles and traditions of Hatha Yoga for over twenty years. Her working career began with the award of a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in 1990. Shortly thereafter she started work as a graphic designer, in a field that still excites her.

Laura sees a common thread among the three pursuits that she’s most passionate about: writing, yoga and graphic design all require practice, dedication and constant, ongoing surrender.

Finally, she expresses her eternal gratitude for the writing residencies that have enabled her to do her best work, among them the Djerassi Program, The Hambidge Center, Millay Colony, Ragdale Foundation, Ucross Foundation, Vermont Studio Center and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Praise for Quickening

[A] surefooted debut novel... With the nearly Sisyphean task of overcoming her dismal past, Mandy is a heroine worth rooting for. When she recognizes the power of choice in determining her own course in life, most readers will cheer.
— Publishers Weekly
Reminiscent of Wally Lamb’s SHE’S COME UNDONE, Brown’s novel realistically captures the tension between family myths and realities and sympathetically renders the coming-of-age experience of learning what to let go of and what to keep.
— Library Journal
In QUICKENING, get ready to meet a quirky and poignant heroine who will grab you from the first page and won’t let you go. Love, grief, loss, confusion, the search for identity—it’s all here, and it all feels fresh and new. Laura Brown is a terrific new writer who shoots straight from the heart.
— Dani Shapiro, author of SLOW MOTION
The heroine of this remarkable novel may have to wait for her quickening, but for the reader, happily, it begins on the opening page. Laura Catherine Brown writes with remarkable authenticity about the struggles and setbacks of crossing into adult life. This is a terrific debut.
— Margot Livesey, author of THE MISSING WORLD and CRIMINALS