August (Rossner novel)

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This article is about the Judith Rossner novel. For the Gerard Woodward novel with the same name, see August (Woodward novel).
First edition
Author Judith Rossner
Country United States
Language English
Publisher Houghton Mifflin
Publication date
Media type Print (Cloth, Paper)
Pages 376 (Cloth)
Preceded by Emmeline
Followed by His Little Women

August, is a novel written by Judith Rossner focused on a psychoanalyst and one of her analysands.

Plot introduction[edit]

The novel focuses on the relationship between a psychoanalyst, Dr. Lulu Shinefield, and a young troubled woman, Dawn Henley, from the beginning of their therapy together through to its termination.


  • Lulu Kagan Shinefield: Main character and psychoanalyst which the book centers on
  • Anita Kagan: Lulu's mother
  • George Kagan: Lulu's father
  • Luther "Woody" Samuelson: Lulu's first husband
  • Sascha Shinefield: Lulu's daughter by her first husband
  • Nathan Shinefield: Lulu's second husband
  • Teddy Shinefield: Lulu's son by her second husband
  • Walden Shinefield: Lulu's son by her second husband
  • Bonnie and Duke Mayer: Friends of Lulu's and fellow analysts
  • Dawn Henley: The other main character of the novel and Dr. Shinefield's analysand
  • Vera Henley: Dawn's adoptive "father", but actually her aunt
  • Tony Lubovitz: Dawn's adoptive "mother" and partner to Vera prior to separation
  • Leonard Silverstein: Tony's husband following her separation from Vera
  • Gordon Henley: Dawn's biological father
  • Gregory Barnes: Gordon's homosexual partner
  • Miranda Lewis Henley: Dawn's biological mother
  • Nell Lewis: Miranda's sister
  • Mavis McLeod Hagerty: First housekeeper and sitter for Dawn following her mother's death
  • Caitlin Hagerty: Second housekeeper and sitter for Dawn as an infant, and cousin to Mavis
  • Dr. Leif Seaver: Dawn's former analyst
  • Alan Gartner: Dawn's early boyfriend and biological father of her aborted child
  • Rob Grace: Another boyfriend of Dawn's
  • Tom Grace: Another of Dawn's lovers, and father to Rob Grace
  • Bill Denton: Another boyfriend of Dawn's
  • Jack Stewart: Final boyfriend of Dawn's mentioned in the novel
  • Polly Campbell, Lillian, Jessica Rubenstein, Sandy: Friends of Dawn's