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Liese O'Halloran Schwarz

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Liese O'Halloran Schwarz grew up in Washington, DC after an early childhood overseas. She went to Harvard and then attended medical school at University of Virginia. While in medical school, she won the Henfield/Transatlantic Review Prize for short fiction and also published her first novel, Near Canaan. She specialized in emergency medicine.

Eventually she returned to writing and her second novel, The Possible World, was published June 2018. Her third novel What Could be Saved published in January 2021.

She currently lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and is at work on the next book.
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Liese O'Halloran Schwarz Lynn, I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for reading. I think what you are remarking upon is not an effect of chronological age (Clare and I would…moreLynn, I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for reading. I think what you are remarking upon is not an effect of chronological age (Clare and I would both say that 78 is not old!), but of loss. Loss of a primary relationship (parents, siblings, spouse) redefines us and can leave us feeling isolated and very much older than our years. Love known as a young person can never be replaced. It plays such a huge role in connecting us to our own lost self -- our youth-- and when it is taken away it can feel like our youth has died too. I think it's not terrible to acknowledge that the person you lost is not replaceable; embracing that honors the person and honors that love, and is part of grief. I think my character Clare embodies the ultimate loss -- at 99, she has outlived everyone she has ever known -- and she feels she has lost her youth too, because there is no living witness to it. But the story in THE POSSIBLE WORLD demonstrates my belief (hope?) that chronology (age) is not the sole determining factor for our experience, and there is the possibility of meaningful connection at any age. New connections will not *replace* the lost, but they can mean a great deal. For me, fiction writing is a lot of guessing and projecting, as well as extrapolation from what I have personally experienced; it is wonderful for me to know that the book resonated with you. Thank you again for reading, and I do hope you are doing well. (less)
Liese O'Halloran Schwarz Oh Lynne, I just found this note! Thank you so much for writing back. I am so glad you found solace in The Possible World. Reading for me was a huge s…moreOh Lynne, I just found this note! Thank you so much for writing back. I am so glad you found solace in The Possible World. Reading for me was a huge source of comfort in the midst of grief (I lost my parents when relatively young), and it moves me enormously to know that my book comforted you. Thank you also for recommending the book to others! That is lovely. I hope you are doing well. When/if I visit CVille in future, I hope that we shall meet. :)(less)
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What Could Be Saved

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“Life was a sucking cornucopia of loss, everyone teetering on its edge all the time, all the precious things at risk every moment. Childhoods and pink pigs and best friends, lovers and brothers and parents and children, whole lives and histories perpetually rushing into the ravenous funnel of oblivion. It wasn’t possible to cherish them enough before they were taken away.”
Liese O'Halloran Schwarz, What Could Be Saved

“She’d been living so long with an illusion, that they’d been whole and happy once, a perfect family shattered by tragedy. All her life mourning that loss. When instead they had been more like bits in a kaleidoscope, falling randomly to make small areas of beauty, falling apart again with the next twist, into a new disorder and a new beauty. Perhaps everyone was that way, living their lives out in the clung clump of color in which they found themselves, never seeing the bigger picture and how it all fit.”
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“Life was a sucking cornucopia of loss, everyone teetering on its edge all the time, all the precious things at risk every moment.”
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