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Maryanne O'Hara

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in Massachusetts, The United States



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Author, grieving mother, quotidian philosopher, optimist

LITTLE MATCHES, my memoir based on, will be published in 2021 by HarperOne. I also wrote a novel, CASCADE (Viking/Penguin), and many short stories, some of which you can find on my website:

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I have lived on a peaceful Massachusetts river for most of my adult life, and I feel lucky to have landed on such a restorative shore at an early age. As a young mother caring for a baby born with a complicated, life-threatening illness (cystic fibrosis), I filled a lot of spiral-bound notebooks with a lot of angst while gazing out at the river.

After earning my MFA

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Cascade, the town in my novel of the same name, is loosely based on four towns in Massachusetts that were flooded in the 1930s to create a vast reservoir. Recently, an irate reader wrote to ask why I had invented a fictional town. “I would have enjoyed this book much more if you had chosen one of the four real towns for the setting!”

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“Life is full of tough choices between less-than-perfect alternatives.”
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