Individual Author Record
Name: Laura KrughoffPen Name: None Genre: Fiction Born: Sites:
Illinois ConnectionKrughoff moved to Chicago to attend Loyola University in 1996 and still resides there today.
Biographical and Professional InformationLaura Krughoff is a writer, scholar, and teacher. She attended Loyola University and is in the doctoral course at the University of Illinois at Chicago's program for writers. Her stories have been published in Threepenny Review, The Seattle Review, Washington Square Review, Chicago Tribune's Printers Row Journal, and in the feminist Canadian magazine Room of One's Own (now known as Room Magazine). She also writes and performs non-fiction with the story-telling performance collaborative Second Story.
- My Brother's Name: A Novel, Scarletta Press , 2013
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My Brother's Name: A Novel
ISBN: 0983021945 Mighty Media Press. 2013
Jane Fields has idolized her older brother, John, since they were children. She follows in his footsteps as a drummer, and when he suffers a psychotic break as a young man, she follows him into the bewildering landscape of mental illness.
Surrendering to John’s schizophrenic and elliptical logic, Jane assumes her older brother’s identity, and begins to make a life for herself as a young man named John. Every day, Jane interacts with the world as John, and then comes home to tell her brother the stories of his own life, under the naïve and perhaps mad hope that these stories will help John remember and return to the self he lost. But in the act of being John, Jane runs the risk of becoming him. Jane soon identifies more strongly with the man she’s become than the overshadowed woman she once was. When John begins to demand that Jane give up certain aspects of the life she’s built under her assumed identity, particularly a romance, Jane’s double life becomes a house of cards that threatens to collapse. Jane and John are forced to confront the limits of their ability to control each other, and the world around them, through the stories they tellbut just how deep into mental illness can Jane slide?