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The Doves of Altadena

(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.

A transportive work of literary fiction, this story emerged out of Rose’s desire to synthesize the early life of her grandmother Anne in 1930s L.A. with the apocryphal tale of Saint Anne, mother of the Virgin Mary. The novel soon took on a singular life of its own. Imaginative, intricately layered, and luminous, The Doves of Altadena explores the electric intersection of the prosaic and the divine through one woman’s life.

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 kaleidoscopic novel is comprised of interwoven stories set in an otherworldly Montana town.

Tides & Maple Won’t Weep ~ In Progress

(The moon in  Tides .)

(The moon in Tides.)

Rose is currently at work on two new books: a blend of literary and science fiction called Tides, and a memoir called Maple Won’t Weep.

The Lovebird, Random House

(Wild prairie roses from  The Lovebird .)

(Wild prairie roses from 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

Selected Essays

Though she loves getting lost in the fictional worlds of her novels, Rose sometimes publishes short nonfiction.

On Jim Harrison and Marriage

Every Night, Before Bed

All Lit Up

Come As You Are: Beginning Ballet, Late

A Steward of Stories

Horse Portraits