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The Cop, the Hooker and the Ridealong
by Julie Brickman
Published in North American Review, Volume 294. Number 5

At 7 a.m. Sunday morning, a police cruiser settles in front of our house. CIU is painted on the side in large blue letters and black vertical bars rib the back windows. I can make out the silhouette of a portly officer in the driver's seat, his neck swiveled to watch a house across the street.
My husband and I live on a quiet, residential street near the summit of a hill, far from the center of town. Broad and spacious in one direction, our road is cramped in the other, a harrowing drive around elbow turns where a micro moment of inattention could afflict or derange an existence...


The Louisville Review

An Empty Quarter
by Julie Brickman
Published in The Louisville Review, Spring 2005, No.57.

You never know what boundaries love will make you cross.

In the morning, you sneak into the men's quarters, slip into Samir's room. You have not been here in fourteen years, since he entered manhood. You are shocked by the change, the dark grain of the woods, the sleek blacks of the sound and video equipment. You still think of him immersed in celestial blues from pale noon to deep midnight, the colors you selected for his childhood.
You inch the door closed, slide the bolt into place. Now you can take your time...


 The Rainbow Range by Julie Brickman
Published in The Barcelona Review. International Review of Contemporary Fiction. Issue #61. November-December 2007.



High Horse: Contemporary Writing by the MFA Faculty of Spalding University

Message From Aysha by Julie Brickman

Published in High Horse.

I was never so excited in my life as the day my father told me he was hiring an American woman to run his new business. Well, not run, but co-run. And she was to be on equal footing as a director with my brother, Samir! Samir was not happy, in fact he was furious. He flushed to a bruised purple and stayed that way throughout the evening.

My nervous system electrified like a hot wire fence, sending little zinging feelings crackling through me, until even my liver trembled, my kidney, my heart, though I tried to conceal my elation...


Fireweed: A Feminist Quarterly

Lust's End by Julie Brickman
Published in Fireweed: A Feminist Quarterly

Rob scarcely noticed his first imaginal failure. A gorgeous longlegged blonde walked into his classroom and he could not imagine her naked. Overtired, he thought to himself, remembering his rather inventive performance with Christine the night before. Pristine Christine, he used to call her. Not any more.

The second incident alarmed him because he was out with the woman. Johanna Stephen Sands was a brunette with pale skin and large undulating breasts. New to academe, she was actually enthusiastic about a contract job with the English department, and she was smart without the poisonous edge Rob hated in so many of his snaketongued colleagues. Toasting Kir against martini, wine against wine, they drank to her success. As he gazed through the black silk of her blouse...

Book Reviews by Julie Brickman

LeGuin, Ursula K. Lavinia. Harcourt, 2008.
Reviewed in the San Diego Union-Tribune: Sunday, April 20, 2008.

Llosa, Mario Vargas. Translated from the Spanish by Edith Grossman. The Bad Girl. Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux. 2007.
Reviewed in The San Diego Union-Tribune; Sunday, November 4, 2007.

Dillard, Annie. The Maytrees. HarperCollins, 2007.
Reviewed in The San Diego Union-Tribune; Sunday. June 17, 2007.

Restrepo, Laura. Translated from the Spanish by Natasha Wimmer. Delirium. Talese/Doubleday. 2007.
Reviewed in The San Diego Union-Tribune; Sunday. March 25, 2007.

Glass, Julia. The Whole World Over. Pantheon. 2006.
Reviewed in The San Diego Union-Tribune; Sunday. June 18, 2006

Setterfield, Diane. The Thirteenth Tale. Atria Books. 2006.
Reviewed in The San Diego Union-Tribune

Barton, Emily. Brookland. Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux.2006
Reviewed in The San Diego Union-Tribune. March 19, 2006

See, Lisa. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. Random House, 2005.
Reviewed in The San Diego Union-Tribune

Vreeland, Susan. Life Studies. Viking. 2005.
Reviewed in The San Diego Union-Tribune

Kantner, Seth. Ordinary Wolves. Milkweed. 2004.
Reviewed in The San Diego Union-Tribune. May 16, 2004

Salm, Arthur. Shelf Life; She Followed Whispers of the Heart Into a New Practice.
Biography of Julie Brickman in The San Diego Union-Tribune. February 13, 2000. (pdf)

Excerpts of Reviews by Julie Brickman

Clinton, Catherine; ed. Fanny Kimble’s Journals.
"Kemble's writing rings with passion, liveliness and wit. It is almost shocking in its clarity, precision and logic, its audacity and relevance. I marked dozens of passages in Fanny Kemble's Journals to read to friends."
--Julie Brickman, San Diego Union-Tribune

Kantner, Seth. Ordinary Wolves. Milkweed. 2004.
"A land and its life... If the emotional terrain is universal, the physical one is uncharted: farther North than Jack London, deeper into hunting than Ernest Hemingway."
--Julie Brickman, San Diego Union-Tribune

Kingston, Maxine Hong. The Fifth Book of Peace. 2003.
"San Diego Union-Tribune" reviewer Julie Brickman wrote that Kingston, "has gathered a community of the lost, the disempowered, the people who never get to write alternative histories, and gifted them the fierce power of her voice. The narration of 'The Fifth Book of Peace' is at once individual and communal, a form uniquely suited to the quest for peace: a chorale of warriors for peace."

Livesey, Margot. The Missing World.
San Diego Union-Tribune
A page-turner: suspenseful, crisp, beautifully crafted...[from] a riveting storyteller as masterful as Patricia Highsmith or Ruth Rendell.

Forna, Aminatta. The Devil that Danced on Water.2004.
"More gripping than a political thriller. . . . The Devil That Danced on the Water is Aminatta Forna’s attempt to make coherent a personal fate inextricably tied to the fate of a nation."—Julie Brickman, San Diego Union-Tribune

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