Struggling with the aftershocks of alcoholism and domestic violence, the Donnegans are refugees in disguise, fearing normalcy is out of reach. But each time they’re forced to come to terms with what their actions have cost them, their choices—often bizarre, yet darkly victorious—speak to the human spirit when it’s unwilling to give up hope.

"McGuigan’s novel is both dizzying and unforgettable; certain to make an impact on its readers."
—US Review of Books

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Crossing Into Brooklyn

Sixteen-year-old Morgan Lindstrum, from a well-to-do Princeton family, wants the truth about her family. To find it, she makes her way to Brooklyn. Waiting there is Irish immigrant Terence Mulvaney, the link to a world she's afraid to see. Will she keep a safe distance from the shame of poverty, the same way her mother did? She must choose, and for the people who need her, time is running out.

"The development of plot and characterization is striking. A beautifully written book."

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Morning in a Different Place

Junior Library Guild Selection & Paterson Prize Honor Book

In this sequel to Where You Belong, the stage is set for a classic moral battle. As Fiona comes to see what is truly worth having, she finds the courage to defend her friendship with Yolanda.

“McGuigan is as adept at evoking the class consciousness and racial politics of ’60s New York as she is the horrors of adolescence.”

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Where You Belong

National Book Award Finalist & New York Public Library Best Books for the Teen Age

An interracial friendship in the Bronx in 1963 brings trouble—and hope.

“Fiona is an unforgettable character with a voice that is marvelous in its understated artfulness and compelling in its emotional authenticity.”
—Booklist starred review

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Cloud Dancer

New York Public Library Best Books for the Teen Age

Only the courage to trust someone will help Eileen see that she has a self worth believing in and a right to have a dream and make it real. But for Eileen, trust is a dangerous thing.

“Polished writing heightens the poignancy of Eileen’s small but significant inroads against hopelessness.”
—The Horn Book

“The development of plot and characterization in Crossing Into Brooklyn is striking. Morgan’s thoughtful first-person-present narrative reveals a wealth of information about her in subtly crafted sentences. McGuigan infuses Morgan’s tale with poignant, authentic humor and emotion . . . A beautifully written book.

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Meet Mary Ann

Mary Ann McGuigan is the author of four novels for young adults, including Where You Belong, a finalist for the National Book Award, and its sequel, Morning in a Different Place, a Junior Library Guild selection. Her books have been ranked among the best books for teens by the New York Public Library, the Paterson Prize, and others, and she has served on the panel of judges for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. She also writes short fiction for adults. She taught English after graduating from college and was a business and finance editor at Bloomberg L.P. for most of her career. A native of Bronx, New York, she grew up there and in Jersey City, where she lives now.