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The Doves of Altadena ~ Forthcoming

(Mourning Dove’s wing from the ornithologist’s collection in  The Doves of Altadena .)

(Mourning Dove’s wing from the ornithologist’s collection in The Doves of Altadena.)

Twentieth-century Los Angeles is a dark paradise teeming with birds, flowers, movies, smog, and stories, a place where it’s hard to say whether stars—and saints—are born or made.

The Doves of Altadena is an imaginative portrait of a woman who may or may not be a modern Saint Anne: the mother of the Virgin Mary and a crucial figure in an ever-repeating story about God coming to dwell in the world. Luminous, earthy, and surprising, this transportive work of literary fiction explores the electric intersection of the prosaic and the divine through the lives of its unforgettable characters.

The Pregnant Sister ~ Forthcoming

(Fruit from the plum tree of  The Pregnant Sister .)

(Fruit from the plum tree of The Pregnant Sister.)

Rose’s other complete new work of literary fiction, The Pregnant Sister, is a slightly fantastical family saga. This novel is comprised of interwoven stories set in an otherworldly, windswept Montana town.

Tides ~ In Progress

(The moon in  Tides .)

(The moon in Tides.)

Rose is currently at work on a blend of literary and science fiction called Tides.

The Lovebird ~ Random House, 2013

(Wild roses from the Eastern Montana prairie in  The Lovebird.)

(Wild roses from the Eastern Montana prairie in The Lovebird.)

Published under the name ‘Natalie Brown,’ Rose’s debut novel is an emotional, sensuous, and sometimes funny coming-of-age story that moves from Southern California to the Crow Indian reservation in Montana.

“In vibrant, colorful language that leaps off the page, Brown paints her winsome heroine’s coming-of-age with compassion and affection in this lush, compelling tale.” ~ Booklist

“…[M]aking you feel for and believe in her characters and care about what happens to them—these are signs of real talent. Natalie Brown is a real talent.” ~ Bookpage


Maple Won’t Weep ~ In Progress

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In this developing collection of poems, Rose merges her personal mythology with the realities of everyday life to explore men, women, romantic love, and the natural world in all their beauty and brutality.

Selected Essays

On Jim Harrison and Marriage

Every Night, Before Bed

Sapphire Village

A Steward of Stories

Horse Portraits

Come As You Are: Beginning Ballet, Late