Peter C. Brown

Peter C. Brown is a writer and retired management consultant living in St. Paul, Minnesota.

The Fugitive Wife - cover

W.W. Norton & Co., 2006, ISBN 978-0393329759

The Fugitive Wife - a novel

The year is 1900, in gold-prospecting Alaska. Essie, a Midwestern farm girl fleeing from a stormy marriage, joins up with prospectors bound for Nome, where the golden sands teem with dreamers, schemers, and high rollers. When Leonard, Essie's stubborn and volatile husband, travels north, astonishing scenes of pursuit, sacrifice, and crucial decision rise to a conclusion that is both surprising and inevitable. Powerfully evoking a past world and the variable territory of the heart, this novel establishes Peter C. Brown as a consummate storyteller.


"Enormously satisfying."
–New York Times Book Review

"This is an eloquent, memorable first novel, with high-powered characters whose prickly exteriors, created out of the need to survive, hide affectingly yearning and haunted souls."
–Publishers Weekly

One of the best novels of 2006.
–Washington Post Book World

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