Robinson, Roxana ( - )

Genre: General Fiction, Short Stories

Roxana Barry Robinson was born in Kentucky, grew up in Pennsylvania, makes the Upper East Side of NYC her home, and summers in Northeast Harbor, ME.

She graduated from Buckingham Friends School, in Lahaska, and from The Shipley School, in Bryn Mawr. She attended Bennington College where she studied with Bernard Malamud and Howard Nemerov. She received a B.A. degree in English Literature from the University of Michigan.

Robinson's work has been compared to that of author John Cheever by The New York Times, and to Edith Wharton’s work by Time Magazine. It has appeared in several magazines, including The New Yorker, Harper's, and The Atlantic. Her work has also appeared in Best American Short Stories and has been widely anthologized and broadcast on National Public Radio. Four of her works have been chosen Notable Books of the Year by The New York Times, and she was named a Literary Lion by The New York Public Library.


  • Summer Light (1988)
  • Georgia O'Keefe: a Life (1989)
  • A Glimpse of Scarlet and other stories (1991)
  • This is My Daughter: a Novel (1998)
  • Sweetwater: a Novel (2003)
  • A Perfect Stranger and other stories (2005)
  • Cost (2008)