Sylvia Brownrigg

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Sylvia Alderyn Brownrigg (born December 16, 1964) is an American author. She is the author of five novels. Brownrigg's fiction has been on The New York Times notable fiction lists and Los Angeles Times books of the year. She won a Lambda Literary Award in 2002 for Pages for You. Brownrigg's reviews and criticism have appeared in a wide range of publications, including The New York Times Book Review, The Times Literary Supplement, The Guardian, New Statesman, Los Angeles Times, and The Village Voice Literary Supplement.


Brownrigg was born in Mountain View, California. She grew up in Los Altos, California, and Oxford, England. After graduating magna cum laude at Yale University, Brownrigg earned a Master of Arts degree in writing from Johns Hopkins University. From 1993 until 2000, she lived in London.

Brownrigg is married to Sedge Thomson, creator and host of the National Public Radio program, West Coast Live. The couple lives in Berkeley, California, with their son and daughter and Thomson's son from another marriage.


  • The Metaphysical Touch. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. 1999. ISBN 0-374-19965-5. 
  • Ten Women Who Shook the World. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. 2000. ISBN 0-374-27289-1. 
  • Pages for You. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. 2002. ISBN 0-374-22859-0. 


  • "California Births, 1905 - 1995" (Online Database). Family Tree Legends Records Collection. Pearl Street Software. 2002–2005. Retrieved May 8, 2010. 
  • Brownrigg, Sylvia (2009). "Biography". Sylvia Retrieved May 8, 2010. 

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