They Become Her
Rebbecca Brown's debut novel, THEY BECOME HER, received Honorable Mention in the 2009-2010 Starcherone Innovative Fiction contest. It tells the story of Delia Bacon, the first to propose that Shakespeare did not write his own works and whose own literary ambition inspired a life filled with fame and scandal. Three fictional biographies of contemporary writers—all sharing the name Rebbecca Brown—become involved in Delia's quest, complicating who is writing whose fictional biography. THEY BECOME HER is poetically rich, provocatively questioning identity, the relationships between texts and their authors, and the predicaments in which many artists inevitably find themselves. It invites a self-reflexive entanglement with the reader, who won't be able to resist playing along to the unexpected end.
What Books Press
Brown, Rebbecca, "They Become Her" (2014). English Faculty Book Gallery. 13.