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Margaret Sutherland Brown is an Agent at Folio Literary Management eagerly seeking literary and upmarket fiction as well as select narrative nonfiction. She came to Folio from Emma Sweeney Agency, LLC, and before she became an agent worked on the editorial side of book publishing, primarily at St. Martin’s Press. Among her award-winning clients are bestselling authors Lauren Belfer, Janet Burroway, Edgar Cantero, Lynn Cullen, Lucy Ferriss, Vanessa Hua, Alka Joshi, Vaddey Ratner, and Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche.


Voice-driven, idiosyncratic, and searing novels in the vein of the books of Jesse Ball, Melissa Broder, Rachel Cusk, Katie Kitamura, Raven Leilani, Jenny Offill, Helen Phillips, Dana Spiotta, and Rachel Yoder.

Multi-generational, sweeping, and emotionally-engaging novels like Brit Bennett's The Mothers, Gabriela Garcia's Of Women and Salt, Tayari Jones' An American Marriage, Rebecca Makkai's The Great Believers, Torrey Peters' Detransition, Baby, and Audrey Niffenegger's The Time Traveler's Wife.

Intelligent, witty, and fully-realized page-turners like the books of Rumaan Alam, Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan, Laura Dave, Helen Ellis, Xochitl Gonzalez' Olga Dies Dreaming, Julia May Jonas' Vladimir, Kiley Reid's Such a Fun Age, J. Courtney Sullivan, and Colson Whitehead's Sag Harbor.

Dark, psychologically-rich thrillers like the novels of Megan Abbott, Gillian Flynn, Jessica Knoll, and Gin Phillips' Fierce Kingdom.

Literary historical fiction that immerses its reader completely in another fascinating era: think the novels of Jo Baker, Esi Edugyan, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Janice Y.K. Lee, Hilary Mantel, Maggie O'Farrell, Maggie Shipstead, and Amor Towles.

Fresh re-imaginings of mythology and fairy tales for adult readers, from Silvia Moreno-Garcia's Mexican Gothic to Madeleine Miller's Circe to Naomi Novik's novels.

Paradigm-shifting nonfiction with a sociological bent like Matthew Desmond's Evicted, Jill Leovy's Ghettoside, Mikki Kendall's Hood Feminism, and the books of Peggy Orenstein and Bee Wilson.

Narrative nonfiction with an inimitable take on contemporary life from a female perspective, as found in the books of Sloane Crosley, Nora Ephron, Caitlin Moran as well as in Lauren Collins' When in French and Lisa Taddeo's Three Women

Illuminating books about parenting, both narrative and prescriptive, from Angela Garbes Like a Mother  to Julie Lythcott-Haims's How to Raise an Adult, Jennifer Senior's All Joy and No Fun


A River of Stars, Vanessa Hua
The Henna Artist, Alka Joshi
Meddling Kids, Edgar Cantero

Specializes In

FICTION: Commercial Fiction, Crime, Family Saga, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Multi-Cultural, Thrillers/Suspense, Upmarket Women's Fiction

NONFICTION: Cultural/Social Issues, Narrative


FICTION: GLBT, Horror, Humor/Satire, Mystery

NONFICTION: Current Affairs, Dating/Relationships, Food & Lifestyle, GLBT, Gift Books, Humor, Investigative Journalism, Memoir, Multi-Cultural, Nature/Ecology, Parenting, Pop Culture, Psychology, Self-Help, Women's Concerns