Read an excerpt of The Gift.


Barbara Browning teaches in the Department of Performance Studies at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She received her PhD in Comparative Literature from Yale University. She is the author of the novels The Correspondence Artist (winner of a Lambda Literary Award) and I’m Trying to Reach You (short-listed for the Believer Book Award). She also makes dances, poems, and ukulele cover tunes.

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The New Yorker

The Inappropriately Intimate Exchanges of Barbara Browning

Browning describes her novels as “fictocritical,” meaning that each contains, in addition to traditional plot, elements of theory and essayistic analysis.

The New York Times

Review: The Gift

There are times, in our encounters with art, when we find ourselves on the receiving end of an unasked-for gift: the gaze of a girl in a 16th-century portrait; a sustained low note on the cello; the naked muscle of a dancer’s straining limb.