Carole Maso is a contemporary American novelist and essayist, known for her experimental, poetic, and fragmentary narratives, often called postmodern. She received a B.A. in English from Vassar College in 1977. She is the recipient of a Lannan Literary Fellowship for Fiction, an NEA fellowship, and several other grants. Her first published novel was Ghost Dance, which appeared in 1986. Her best known novel is Defiance, published in 1998. She is a professor of literary arts at Brown University, where she has taught since 1995, and has previously held positions as a writer-in-residence at Illinois State University (1991–92) and George Washington University (1992–93), as well as taught writing at Columbia University in 1993.
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