A dedicated social scientist who cares deeply about her subjects, Louise Brown brings a fascinating perspective to her intriguing book about the ancient pleasure district in a Pakistani city, The Dancing Girls of Lahore.
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Date of Birth:
June 1, 1963
Place of Birth:
Stone, Staffordshire, England
B.A. Honors in Medieval and Modern History
|2005 Discover Award Finalist|
|The Dancing Girls of Lahore: Selling Love and Saving Dreams in Pakistan's Pleasure District|
"Rarely do nonfiction writers achieve the novelistic heights that academic Louise Brown does with The Dancing Girls of Lahore," notes Discover Awards judge Debra Dickerson. "Her four-year immersion in a world of dynastic prostitution (that is also an art form) can read like science-fiction to Westerners. It's a world where mothers exactingly train their daughters to dance and seduce, and then broker their virginity to the highest bidder. Yet it's also a world where those same mothers are the last, bitter witnesses to a proud but dying tradition which once afforded them wealth, protection, and status as artists in a highly structured, cruelly inequitable society. Brown's next book is to be waited for with great impatience."
|Advice for the Aspiring|
|Brown has this advice for aspiring writers: "Never give up. And most importantly, be true to yourself. Write from your heart, in your own voice, and about what you believe in. Don’t write the book you think publishers want to commission. Plenty of other writers will be doing the same thing. Remember that what you have is unique because it’s your own special way of looking at the world. The richest most meaningful stories are found in small places: made, carried, crafted, told, and retold by apparently unimportant people."|
|The Diving Bell and the Butterfly|
"I can’t think of a more moving testament to the human spirit and a more profound answer to all those who complain of writer’s block than Jean-Dominique Bauby’s The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly," Brown reflects on one of her favorite books. "Bauby, who was paralyzed by a stroke, wrote this book by flickering his eyelid. His ability to create something beautiful in the midst of so much personal trauma is humbling."
|The Handmaid's Tale|
"The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood should be required reading for its imaginative scope and feminist sensibility," Brown asserts in our interview about another favorite, Atwood's chilling modern classic. "I wish I could write a book like this." Read our interview with Brown to learn more about her best-loved books, including:
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