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In “Dawson’s Fall”, a novel based on the lives of Roxana Robinson’s great-grandparents, we see America at its most fragile, fraught, and malleable. Set in 1889, in Charleston, South Carolina, Robinson’s tale weaves her family’s journal entries and letters with a novelist’s narrative grace, and spans the life of her tragic hero, Frank Dawson, as he attempts to navigate the country’s new political, social, and moral landscape.
Roxana Robinson is the author of five previous novels, including Sparta and Cost; three collections of short stories; and the biography “Georgia O’Keeffe: A Life”. Her work has appeared in “The Atlantic”, “The New Yorker”, “Harper’s Magazine”, “The Washington Post”, “The Wall Street Journal”, and “Vogue”, among other publications. She has received fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation. She was president of the Authors Guild from 2014 to 2017. She teaches in the Hunter MFA program and divides her time among New York, Connecticut, and Maine.