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Ann Rower studied at the University of Michigan. She got a Bachelor of Arts.
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Ann Rower studied at Harvard University. She got a Master of Arts.
New York, NY 10027, United States
Ann Rower studied at Columbia University. She got a Doctor of Philosophy.
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Ann Rower studied at William A. Shine Great Neck South High School.
(When Ann's childhood friend Hannah Wilke dies and is buri...)
When Ann's childhood friend Hannah Wilke dies and is buried in Green River, the famous East Hampton cemetery which contains the graves of Abstract Expressionist painters Jackson Pollack, Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Frank O'Hara, and Stuart Davis, Ann seeks out the graveyard. She becomes obsessed with the graves of women artists, mostly wives of more famous men, and she imagines that Lee and Elaine get a second chance and come back as lesbians. Such speculation is never innocent and the narrator finds that her own life is turned upside down as she falls in love with a woman student and abandons the security of her marital Soho loft. The invasive powers of fiction are brilliantly demonstrated in this wryly funny and mordant book about romance, life, death, and starting over.
Ann Rower attended Great Neck High School (now William A. Shine Great Neck South High School). Then, she received a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Michigan. Rower also got a Master of Arts at Harvard University and a Doctor of Philosophy at Columbia University.
Ann Rower is a writer whose work has appeared to periodicals such as BOMB, Journal of Contemporary Fiction, and High Risk 2. She was also an educator at the School of Visual Arts in New York.
Ann Rower's book, If You're a Girl, is a fiction/nonfiction hybrid, an experiment in how to write about what actually occurred. Among the segments of the book are transcriptions of an interview with Ann Rower conducted by the Wooster Theater Group, in which she describes in detail her early days as a babysitter for Timothy Leary's kids, and frequently, for his distinguished visitors.
Ann Rower's other book, Armed Response, is a bitterly funny novel about death, personal space, and home security systems in Los Angeles. In this book, the city is a glittering upscale necropolis. It's filled with European sports cars, circular Wilshire Boulevard condominiums, lavish, never-used swimming pools, and the chic air-conditioned eateries. The book's narrator, Ann Rower, is a New York writer who must make regular trips to the west coast to attend funerals and death-watches for soon-to-expire relatives. The story revolves around Ann, her aunt Cherrie, and Cherrie's daughter, Lainie's family. Though deteriorating physically, Cherrie maintains her own dignity as well as a grip on the virtue of old Hollywood. Lainie, on the other hand, lives in high-class but repressive suburban luxury. Lainie's husband, Rocky, is a lout, and her daughter, Candee, is a depressed aspiring actress.
In Ann Rower's novel Lee and Elaine, the unnamed narrator, a painter and art teacher in New York, is jolted into a midlife crisis by the death of an old friend. While visiting the Green River Cemetery in the Hamptons, the narrator happens upon the graves of Lee Krasner and Elaine de Kooning, wives of famed painters Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning. She becomes convinced that there is a connection between the two wives. She decides to write a book reimagining the wives as close friends and lesbian lovers. The narrator uses the research as a way for the narrator to avoid her own unfortunate career, her fears of aging, and the disintegration of a 20-year relationship with her live-in boyfriend. The narrator engages in a lesbian relationship with Iris, one of her students, and has liaisons with other younger women when the affair with Iris dissolves. Her sporadic research on Lee and Elaine reveals that the women were not only straight but didn't seem to like each other much at all.