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Maryanne O'Hara

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Author, grieving mother, quotidian philosopher, optimist ✨

LITTLE MATCHES, A Memoir of Grief and Light, will be published on April 20, 2021 by HarperOne.

Little Matches is inspired by, a blog that I kept while my daughter Caitlin was waiting for a lung transplant. Since Caitlin’s passing, I have also been certified by the University of Vermont’s Larner College of Medicine as an end-of-life doula, so that I may better speak to the state of end-of-life care in our culture.

I am also the author of the novel Cascade, which was the Boston Globe Book Club’s inaugural pick and a finalist for the Massachusetts Book Award, and a story collection which was a finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. I am the former ass

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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!”

I was reminded of the scene in SIDEWAYS where Jack’s

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