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Kathleen Donohoe

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Kathleen Donohoe is the author of the novel Ghosts of the Missing (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).

Her first novel, Ashes of Fiery Weather, was named one of Book Riot’s 100 Must-Read New York City Novels.

Her stories and essays have appeared in The Recorder: The Journal of the American Irish Historical Society, Web Conjunctions, Washington Square Review, Irish America Magazine.

She grew up in Brooklyn, NY in a family of NYC firefighters, and still lives in Brooklyn, now with her husband and son.

Instagram as @kathleenmdonohoe

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Kathleen Donohoe Hi Rachel,

Yes, I have actually thought about it quite a bit. On one hand, it might be difficult to condense, given how much time the book spans but I …more
Hi Rachel,

Yes, I have actually thought about it quite a bit. On one hand, it might be difficult to condense, given how much time the book spans but I think there would be some very creative ways to stage the jumps in era. Also, an interesting thought is to have the same actress play different characters, which is very do-able since most of them are related to each other. I might just give it a shot.

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Kathleen Donohoe Ghosts of the Missing is about the disappearance of a 12-yr-old girl in 1995, its lasting repercussions and, as well, the history of the town of Culle…moreGhosts of the Missing is about the disappearance of a 12-yr-old girl in 1995, its lasting repercussions and, as well, the history of the town of Culleton, which is loosely based on Sleepy Hollow, NY in the Hudson Valley.

The novel began with the image of young girls wearing masks and holding candles, walking in a line through the woods. They were dressed in clothes from around 1910-1917.

As a New Yorker, I was also influenced by the disappearance of Etan Patz, who vanished from SoHo while walking to his school bus stop in 1979. Etan’s inexplicable disappearance from a New York City street during morning rush hour shaped my own interest (for lack of a more compassionate word) in missing persons cases.
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Ashes of Fiery Weather

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Ghosts of the Missing

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Wallace Stevens
“These are the ashes of fiery weather,
Of nights full of the green stars from Ireland,
Wet out of the sea, and luminously wet,
Like beautiful and abandonded refugees.”
Wallace Stevens, The Collected Poems

Lawrence Ferlinghetti
“I once started out to walk around the world but ended up in Brooklyn.”
Lawrence Ferlinghetti, A Coney Island of the Mind: Poems

Thomas Wolfe
“All things on earth point home in old October; sailors to sea, travellers to walls and fences, hunters to field and hollow and the long voice of the hounds, the lover to the love he has forsaken.”
Thomas Wolfe, Of Time and the River: A Legend of Man's Hunger in His Youth

Toni Morrison
“Make up a story... For our sake and yours forget your name in the street; tell us what the world has been to you in the dark places and in the light. Don't tell us what to believe, what to fear. Show us belief's wide skirt and the stitch that unravels fear's caul.”
Toni Morrison, The Nobel Lecture In Literature, 1993

Margaret Atwood
“I read for pleasure and that is the moment I learn the most.”
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